|Independent lifeboat station|
View to the west from the Solent Rescue Lifeboat Station lookout towards the old coastguard cottages and Beaulieu river entrance.
|Region||South East England|
|Owner||Independent Rescue Organisation|
Solent Rescue is an independent inshore rescue lifeboat, not run by the RNLI, based at Lepe Country Park south of the New Forest, on the north shore of the Solent in the county of Hampshire in England.
This small independent rescue organisation was set up in 1971 as a beach rescue unit, and has now developed into a full lifeboat station. The organisation operates within a specified area as agreed with Her Majesty's Coastguard. This covers 33 square miles (85 km2) of water and spans from Cowes in the Central Solent to Hurst Castle in the western fringes of this inshore waterway. Solent Rescue is one of seven independent lifeboats who make up the Solent Sea Rescue Organisation; each of these units have equipment that is tailor-made or selected for their unique areas of operation.
2011 to 2016 improvements
During 2011 and 2012, alterations were undertaken at Solent Rescue. During this time, the following assets were replaced:
- Clifftop weatherproof observation lookout.
- The main lifeboat was replaced with a 7.9-metre Delta rigid-hulled inflatable boat, powered by twin Suzuki DF90 lean burn engines. This has reduced response times.
- The old boat shed was replaced.
During 2017 and onwards
Solent Rescue has now got a 9-metre cabin lifeboat which will allow crew to head out in almost all weather states.
Furthermore, additional support assets have been purchased with the aim to be able to utilize these to assist in times of inland flooding within Hampshire along with close SAR support to Lepe and Stanswood beach fronts.
They are currently looking for sponsors.