Visits to Bembridge RNLI have been suspended and the charity’s shop in the village has been closed as a precautionary measure over coronavirus.
There have been no reports of any Bembridge volunteers experiencing symptoms of the virus at the station or while at home. However, since Bembridge attracts a large number of visitors compared to many other stations in the RNLI, it has been decided it would be sensible to keep it closed for the time being.
Management will be reviewing this decision frequently.
Area Lifesaving Manager Ed Stevens has said:
“We realise this may be disappointing to the many people who enjoy visiting our shop and boathouse at Bembridge. However, our priority has to be ensuring the lifeboat station remains operational and able to save lives at sea. We look forward to welcoming visitors back into the building as soon as possible and thank people for their understanding”.