Hampshire & Isle of Wight

New Solent rescue look-out erected after vandalism

New Steel look-out
Image caption The observation post monitors the western Solent

A new observation post overlooking the Solent has been erected following persistent vandalism of an old one.

Solent Rescue, a volunteer lifeboat charity, was given donations from local companies towards the new £900 steel structure at Lepe Beach.

A break-in in January cost the charity more than £2,000 to repair damage and replace stolen equipment.

Coxon Cameron Critchfield said the new post was "a massive boost, much better and safer to work in."

The organisation operates under the direct control of HM Coastguard, providing rescue cover throughout the central and western Solent.

The look-out position also offers first aid provision for the 300,000 annual visitors to Lepe Country Park.

The charity, with 20 volunteers, hopes to spend the money it saves on a new rescue lifeboat.

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