Hamble Rescue celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2000. Formed in
1968 by a group of local residents, fishermen and boating enthusiasts
in response to an increasing number of accidents and fatalities in the
Hamble, Southampton Water and mid Solent areas.
It is a registered Charity administered by a Board of Trustees and is not financially supported by the RNLI. Rather, it is responsible for raising the majority of its own funds locally. A Managment and Operational Committee under the chairmanship of Roger Harding and a Support Committee, chaired by Richard Curry, report to the Board of Trustees.
The fully trained crew team is about 14 persons. All involved give their services free.
The latest boat, named Harry Childs, is the most modern and sophisticated marine Search & Rescue boat of its kind in the area. It is a Pacific 32 RIB powered by twin 330 hp IVECO turbo-charged diesel engines driving Castoldi 238 water jets. The boat is able to operate at a speed of 38 knots for a duration of 8 hours. By using water jets the boat can operate in shallow waters; having a draught of 1 metre and with a bollard pull of 2 tons.
Called out by HM Coastguard only, Hamble Rescue respond to over 100 incidents a year. Normal response time is 10 minutes from a pager call-out.
They look forward to your continuing support - you may need them one day!
They are currently collecting funds towards a larger boathouse on the Hamble Hard, as the present one is too small for the Harry Childs.