RLSS Boscombe Lifeguards were joined by representatives from C&O Tractors and The Talbot Village Trust for the official handover of the new Quad Bike.
The Quad Bike is an essential piece of equipment for the club as it is the only means of towing our 4.8m Inshore Rescue Boat from the Clubs unit on the Boscombe Promenade to the waters edge to launch. Our old Quad Bike which was second hand when the club purchased it was starting to show its age in the past 2 seasons and was struggling to cope with towing the boat especially across soft sand. So a decision was made to look to funding a replacement.
The Club approached The Talbot Trust (The Talbot Village Trust is a registered charity which supports causes in Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole, East Dorset and the Isle of Purbeck. It is one of the area’s leading benefactors and, over the past couple of years, has donated nearly £2 million to charitable causes and local community projects. www.talbotvillagetrust.org ) who assisted with the funding for our current IRB “Boscombe Zulu”.
The Talbot Trust kindly agreed to part fund the new Quad Bike so work commenced in finding a suitable replacement. C&O Tractors who had previously supplied and serviced our quad bikes identified the model we required, larger with Diff Lock it would provide better pulling power allowing the new Quad Bike to be able to pull the boat with out the need for people to assist by pushing thus increasing the safety of the launch and recovery phase. Through Fundraising at the club the required monies were raised and the New Quad Bike came into service at the start of the 2018 season. The difference it has made to the launch and recovery of the Rescue Boat has been impressive.
Since the club ceased operating a Lifeguard Service on Boscombe Beach, Rescue Boat Zulu has been the primary rescue service provided by the club, attending local events providing cover at the Bournemouth Airshow, Bournemouth Evening Fireworks. Alongside Safety Cover for swim events including, the Seahorse Swim and Brownsea Island Swim. The New Quad Bike has allowed us to continue to provide this service while ensuring the safety of our crews.
RLSS President Ian Hutchings & RLSS South Region Ambassador Jill Bailey were also present to hand out a Certification of Commendation to a Boscombe Cadet. President Ian Hutching’s said how wonderful it was to see local businesses and organisation supporting clubs like RLSS Boscombe and how important it was to keep these vital Rescue Boats and afloat and saving lives