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Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat has been awarded a grant of £15,116 from the Department for Transport.

This grant will help the charity to make modifications to their new Atlantic 75 boat, which is currently under construction.

The money will also assist in purchasing new life jackets, drysuits, a man overboard recovery system, radios and a rescue float used to transfer a person from land to boat by a crew member in the water.

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All of these items will ensure the safety of the volunteer crew and members of the public when at sea or in danger.

Mark Birch, Operations Manager of the lifeboat, says:

“The lifeboat station is very grateful to the Department for Transport for once again recognising the vital work our volunteer lifeboat crew carry out. Raising this amount of money by normal fundraising means would take a significant amount of time and effort. This grant once again allows us to replace outdated equipment and realise the benefits”.

£62,000 has also been awarded to Freshwater Independent Lifeboat. The money will be spent primarily around equipment and power plant renewal but the lifeboat crew will also benefit from new dry suits, replacing existing suits that have been repeatedly repaired and even passed down from retired crew. Ground crews have also been acknowledged with new waterproof overalls, safety boots and high visibility jackets.

The grant also covers the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the D-Class lifeboat and a collapsible Ferno folding stretcher.

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Rod Adams, Principle Fundraiser, has said:

“The DfT grant is really important to us as it helps us with essential equipment renewal, whereas our normal fundraising supports the day to day running costs of the lifeboat throughout the year.”

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Excellent news. Well deserved

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