Selsey Lifeboat Station hosted a visit from a group of 8 French Coastguards based at CROSSMA (Centre Regional Operationnelle de Surveillance et de Sauvetage Maritime) Jobourg who were shown around both the All Weather Lifeboat 'Voluntary Worker' and the Inshore Lifeboat 'Betty and Thomas Moore'.
The group of coastguards had come from Brittany to spend some time at MRCC Solent to see how the British Coastguard Agency worked. They specifically requested a visit to RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Station as they thought it would be interesting to see a slipway boat and the possibility that it would be launched while they were visiting.
The coastguards are seconded from the French Navy for a 3-year tour of duty and are based at CROSSMA Jobourg, which is on the northwest coast of the Cotentin Peninsular in Normandy. The area covered is from Mont St Michel to La Harve with some of the most challenging sea and weather conditions on the coast of France.
The coastguards presented Colvin Rae, Chairman of Selsey Lifeboat station, with a plaque from CROSSMA Jobourg Station and Colvin reciprocated with two coloured prints of the Selsey Lifeboat Station and the All Weather Lifeboat 'City of London'. The 'City of London' was based at Selsey from 1983 to 2006.
Christophe Vautier, Watch Officer at CROSSMA Jobourg said: "We were very impressed with your two lifeboats and you can see that the boats are loved and are very important to the volunteers who man them when they are called out. Thanks very much for your welcome. You have a wonderful station and very nice people, once again, thanks very much."
(Article written by Ruth Troughton-Smith, LPO)