VHF donations boost rescue communications
The Portsmouth & Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards and Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue will each be given a number of Ray101E Handheld VHF radios.
Two Solent area independent lifeguard and lifeboat charities are set to benefit from VHF equipment donated by UK marine electronics manufacturer Raymarine.
The Portsmouth & Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards and the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue will each be given a number of Ray101E Handheld VHF radios.
The radios will be used to assist in rescue activities undertaken by the two charities. Both organisations are ‘declared facilities’ for the Coastguard and are regularly called upon to effect emergency rescues of water users, including power boaters, swimmers, sailors, surfers, jet-skiers, kite-surfers and windsurfers.
Greg Hughes, lifeguard operations officer for Portsmouth & Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards said, “The Ray101E Handheld VHFs will benefit our lifeguard patrols, who cover over four miles of seafront using our 5.85m RIB and our 4.7m inflatable beach rescue boat, as well as by vehicle and on foot. Effective communications are essential to lifeguarding activities, and we are delighted that Raymarine has chosen to help both our own organisation, and the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue, who we work closely with. Knowing our volunteer lifeguards have a reliable means of communication between the Coastguard, our rescue station at Southsea, and each other, will make all the difference in our operations.”
The Ray101E Handheld VHF boasts a number of features that will ensure effective communications in the inshore rescue situations undertaken by the two organisations. Waterproof to 1m for at least 30 minutes, and with a large high contrast LCD display and long lasting Nickel Metal Hydride batteries (AA size), the Ray101E is designed for use in the toughest of on-water conditions. Backlit keys and LCD display ensure it remains easy to use even at night, whilst additional user friendly features include a Tri-watch function, rapid charger, wrist strap and belt clip. The Ray101E also comes with a three year warranty.
Portsmouth & Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards is the oldest lifesaving club in the country. In 2010 it assisted over 200 people. The Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue service, which is based in Stokes Bay, Gosport, responds to an average of 110 calls per year. Both organisations operate as charities and are entirely volunteer run.
Further information can be found at www.portsmouthlifeguards.org and www.gafirs.org.uk.
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