Ferry crew take up paddles for rescue charity

By Martin Neville

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

Ferry crew take up paddles for rescue charity

Pictured, from left, are deck officer Phil Whicker, crewman Martin Phillips, steward Stacey Hows and Capt Tom Vincent.

WIGHTLINK crew and shore staff have been 'pressganged’ into paddling a rescue boat across The Solent in aid of a lifesaving charity.

The company was shocked after vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to RIBs belonging to Ryde Inshore Rescue.

Capt Tom Vincent, who has organised Saturday's charity challenge, said: "As fellow mariners, we understand the importance of safety and we were horrified to hear mindless vandals had put lives at risk by their thoughtless actions.

"Wightlink staff were quick to volunteer to take part in our challenge but they’ll need to put in some time in the gym to paddle more than five miles across The Solent."

The intrepid crew, who will work in teams, will set off from Portsmouth Harbour at 4pm and plan to arrive at Ryde Pier Head between 6pm and 7pm.

To donate to the Wightlink staff challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/wightlink-staff or text donate WRIR50 plus the amount you want to give to 70070.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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