Photo: Nick Edwards

Come and support the Island’s lifeboats today (Saturday) in Bembridge, so they can continue to save lives at sea.

Bembridge’s RNLI Lifeboat Station “Open Day” is a free event, where people can come along to see the lifeboats, meet the crews and learn more about how to keep safe in or around the sea -with all donations going to supporting lifeboats on the Isle of Wight.

Bembridge lifeboat station will be open for visitors from 11am to 4.30pm, to view both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats at close quarters and see the history of the lifeboat service on displays at the offshore boathouse.

It promises to be both an entertaining and instructive day out for all the family, with members of the crew and Lifeboat Guild on hand to explain more about how the lifeboats operate and respond in an emergency.

The Bembridge Lifeboat Guild members will serve cold drinks, teas, coffees, homemade cakes and refreshments from their stall throughout the day.

In conjunction with the RNLI’s “Respect the Water” campaign, the RNLI Sea Safety stand will be present, together with the HM Coastguard to offer valuable safety advice on how to keep safe in a marine environment. There will also be a ‘lifejacket clinic’ for anyone to bring their lifejackets along to be checked for safety and seaworthiness.