RNLI is the official charity

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The RNLI has been chosen as the official show charity for this year’s TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show.

The organisation will show one of its all-weather lifeboats in the show’s purpose-built marina from Friday 14 to Tuesday 18 September. It will be replaced by one of the institution’s inshore lifeboats from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 September, showing two different aspects of the RNLI’s work.

“Leisure activities on the water are great fun but can also carry risks,” said Gareth Morrison, head of community engagement at the RNLI. “There were 65 yacht sailing and motor boating deaths in the UK between 2011 and 2015 and anything we can do to reduce that figure and help save lives is time very well spent.”

On land, the RNLI stand will be bigger and more interactive than previously.

Visitors will be able to get water safety advice and friendly tips on staying safe at sea plus see a wide range of water safety products and try on a variety of lifejackets.

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