Venturers Search and Rescue
Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1320-0596-0;
The League of Venturers Search and Rescue were established in England in August 1961. The League of Venturers Search and Rescue were established to show that teenagers, if given the training, equipment, opportunity and trust could provide a valuable service to the adult community. They provide a sea rescue service for the Coastguard and a land rescue service for the Police. Venturers are manned by volunteers aged 12–21. The service was started by Mr Philip-Gordon Pierce Smith who still (at the time of writing - July 2008) runs the service he started nearly 47 years ago. Venturers started on limited funds and equipment, patrolling Poole Harbour with a small prototype Deep V soft bottom hulled inflatable developed by David Doderell of SWMF in Poole. It proved to be a fantastic hull until the bottom stretched or the wooden keel snapped.
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