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FILB Santas Grotto - Sat.8*th December 2018
Father Christmas will be making an early stop and the special grotto built by his elves in the FILB Boathouse.

You will be able to talk to Father Christmas and recieve a small gift. There is NO CHARGE for his special visit but donations to the Lifeboat will be bvery gratefully received. To keep the adults amused there will be a Treasure hunt raffle and refreshments with free mince pies for all.

FILB AGM Dinner
The FILB AGM dinner will be next Tuesday the 6th Nov at Freshwater Bay House, the HF Holidays Country House Hotel. Doors open at 6pm and the AGM will commence promptly at 6.30. The meal and presentations will follow at 7.30.

Please email at [email protected] if you would like to attend the dinner and provide your menu choices and any special requirements.

RLSS Honorary Associate
The Freshwater Independent Lifeboat has been honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), and have been awarded an Honorary Associate status in recognition of their significant contribution to their work for the society. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the Drowning Prevention Charity and the UKs leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education. Sadly, we were unable to accept the award in person at Worcester Cathedral on the 13th October due to unforeseen circumstances. The award will be framed, and placed with pride within the Freshwater Boathouse. View Certificate

FILB Autumn 2018 Newsletter
The FRESHWATER Independent Lifeboat Autumn 2018 Newsletter is here!!

Read Newsletter here

Day at the Bay October 6th 2018

A whole day of music and dance throughout the village at many different venues. At the boathouse we have a great day of music and dance.

10:00am   Pirate Pete
10:15am   Moonshine Border Morris
10:45am   Oyster Girls Morris
11:15am   Bay Wailers
12:00pm   Bloodstone Border Morris
12:30pm   Bunker Girls
 1:30pm   Captain Nash's Pirate Party
 2:30pm   Bloodstone Border Morris
 3:15pm   Wight Hot Pipes

All proceeds from the collection buckets will go to the Lifeboat so come along-enjoy the day and be generous with your donations-please !! See the Datb web page for full details. http://www.dimbola.co.uk/a-day-at-the-bay/

See the Datb web page for full details. here

FILB OPEN DAY! Sunday 22nd July from 1030-4pm
It is our next Open Day on Sunday 22nd July from 1030-4pm.
Live music again and lots to keep you amused and cakes to keep your inner self satisfied. Hopefully Nipper the crab will be with us on the day - great photo opportunity with the children!! Come along - meet the crew-see the boats. If you would like to join us as crew or volunteer this is the perfect opportunity to discuss it.

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FILB Trainee Coxswain Rich makes the Local News
FRESHWATER Independent Lifeboat crew were called into action to rescue an abandoned swimmer experiencing difficulty in The Bay last week. The swimmer was a duckling in distress and it nearly drove them quackers as they tried to get it onto dry land.

Full story here

Maritime Safety Week
The Freshwater Independent Lifeboat is supporting the Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, with her call to the UK's maritime sector to show its support for the inaugural Maritime Safety Week and to ask for members' active participation in promoting both the week and its purpose. Over the course of the week, the Minister will be using the hash tags - #martimesafetyweek and #maritimesafetymatters - while undertaking a series of visits and making a number of announcements. The Minister has called on companies and individuals right across the industry to let her know they will be doing during the week via [email protected] to ensure they capture everything which is happening.

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FILB Crew Member Sid McLaren featured in County Press Article
The FILB is immemsely happy to see our crew member Sid McLaren featured in a County Press article. Sid is a truly inspirational person who cares deeply about giving back to the local community in which she lives. Sid is a tremedously valued crew member who is always ready to drop everything and be there to put her life on the line to help her team and anyone in need of assistance. The FILB considers Sid to be a global role model for young women everywhere, and we are proud of her dedication and achievements in life. We have no doubt she will continue to be a bright and shining star no matter where her future takes her. Please click on the full story link.

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FILB Shout - 06-09-2018
The FILB was tasked to rescue a yacht in distress yesterday afternoon. The yacht had wandered into shallow waters striking her keel causing water to start flooding the yacht. The FILB D-Class arrived on the scene and put a crew member on board the vessel who assisted with bailing until the Yarmouth Lifeboat arrived on scene and was able to use its portable bailer to keep the yacht afloat. The vessel was then towed to Yarmouth Harbour and lifted out of the water, with the FILB D-Class providing overwatch in case the keel became separated during the passage.

Full story here

FILB OPEN DAY JUNE 17th 10:30AM - 4PM
Our first open day of the Summer, Sunday 17th June from 1030-4pm at the boathouse in the Bay. Come along and enjoy the fun. Lovely home made cakes, live music and stalls and games to keep you amused. Wight Warriers and Wizards speedway display stand, with bikes. Chat to the crew and see the boats. This might be the time for you to come and join this important community rescue service.

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FLOAT TO LIVE VIDEO VIA RNLI
Everyone who falls into cold water unexpectedly wants to follow the same instinct: to swim hard and fight the water. But when you fight it, the chances are, you"ll lose. Instead you need to stay calm and #FloatToLive.

MOSAIC BACK IN PLACE ON THE BOATHOUSE
Lovely to see the Mosaic back in place on the boathouse. Congratulations to Martin Cohen and the team who carried out all the hard work to repair and make it weatherproof.

ANNUAL GREAT WIGHT WALK
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Annual Great Wight Walk for the Mountbatten cancer trust.Peter Middleton was our coxswain for the inshore lifeboat, who passed away in 2016 from cancer.Peter"s walk was given that name by the trust in 2017 to Honor Peter, as he walked from the boathouse, to the needles only a few months before he died. So we really appreciate everyone who came out for this event.

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