Cowes station pays visit to national Coastguard HQ
A party from Cowes lifeboat station paid a fact-finding visit to the Hampshire-based new nationwide main control room for HM Coastguard.
Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) at Segensworth sits at the heart of UK search and rescue operations, alongside
nine other 24-hour centres around the country.
The creation of the new centre formed part of extensive restructuring across the UK which also involved the cutting of eight local coastguard stations, including Solent Coastguards at Lee-on-Solent.
The Cowes party was given a guided tour of the modern building including the super-control room where the sophisticated hi-tech equipment was demonstrated.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.