Get sea and beach safe at RNLI open day

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A LIFEBOAT station is hosting an open day on Sunday to thank the community for their support.

Hayling Island RNLI will launch its new lifeboats to entertain the crowds.

The RNLI will also hold stalls as well as information on how to stay beach and sea safe.

Alan Bartlett, volunteer press officer, said: ‘The crew are very much looking forward to it.

‘We want as many people as possible to turn out as we want to say thank you for the past year. We were surprised last year at how many people from further afield came out and supported the event.’

The new lifeboats will be launched at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm and the Lifeboat Station is looking to repeat last year’s fly-past by the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter.

The three crews will take part in kit races and there will be model lifeboats to play with. Hampshire Fire and Rescue, First Responders, RNLI Beach Safety and Solent Coastguards will offer advice and information.

The RNLI is also available to provide free safety checks on personal life jackets. The afternoon will end with a tug of war with lifeboat and shore crews. The event is from 11am to 3.30pm.