Pushing the boat out!

Donation helps to buy two new engines for Solent Rescue life boat

When a charity dedicated to saving lives at sea needed help to upgrade its boat engines, ExxonMobil Fawley was delighted to assist.

Solent Rescue, which is based at Lepe Country Park, is a fully operational lifeboat station manned entirely by volunteers. It operates under the direct control of HM Coastguard and is responsible for approximately 33 square miles of the central and western Solent.

Solent Rescue, which is not part of the RNLI, covers 20 per cent of the area, from the Lepe foreshore to Hurst castle. The crew operates at weekends from March to September, and during Cowes Week.

Cameron Critchfield, Secretary of Solent Rescue, explained: “It costs us £10,000 a year to keep the service running, which is funded totally by the generosity of the public and local companies. The engines on our boat were getting old and really needed replacing. The current engines had been well maintained which meant we were able to use them to help finance an upgrade. However, we still needed to make up the difference which is where ExxonMobil kindly stepped in to help.”

The £4,000 contribution from ExxonMobil Fawley meant that, in conjunction with support from John Lewis, the two Suzuki extra-long-shaft DF90 engines could be bought and installed on the charity’s rescue boat.

Angharad Vaughan, Community Affairs Adviser at ExxonMobil Fawley, said: “We were delighted to be able to help Solent Rescue purchase these new boat engines. The dedicated volunteers play a vital role in keeping people safe at sea and we hope this contribution will help them to continue that for many years to come.”

To find out more about Solent Rescue, or how to become involved as a volunteer or supporter,

go to solent-rescue.org.uk

You can also email the charity at admin@solent-rescue.org.uk