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New RNLI inshore lifeboat

New RNLI inshore lifeboat

Friday 05 July 2019

New RNLI inshore lifeboat


A rapid-response lifeboat has been added to the RNLI's fleet in order to further improve inshore operations.

The Elizabeth and Margaret Milligan B-class Atlantic lifeboat has joined the all-weather boat for a two-year trial period.

Guernsey RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Harvey, said the volunteer crew of thirteen (including four fully qualified helms) have been training on the boat for the last six months. 

"The crew have shown dedication and commitment in getting through their training so quickly and professionally. As volunteers, the demands on their time for them and their families is high, and even more so in the preparations for the new vessel. They are a credit to the station and I am grateful for their hard work. 

"Our Severn class all-weather boat, Spirit of Guernsey, is the largest boat in the RNLI fleet and is capable of operating in the worst conditions. However, having an Atlantic 85 as a fast response vessel with the ability to operate close inshore is a tremendous bonus. We look forward to the challenge of using the vessel to its best advantage during the two year trial.”

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The RNLI lifeboat crew with the Spirit of Guernsey and the Atlantic 85.

“The weather has been fantastic for the past few days so as we head towards the weekend, we’d urge everyone on the island to take care in or by the water, and to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if they see anyone in trouble. Enjoy our wonderful beaches and coastline but always remember to respect the water.”

Guernsey Harbourmaster's Captain David Barker said Guernsey Coastguard was delighted that the RNLI is providing a new inshore rescue vessel for use in Bailiwick waters. 

"The boat is designed for rapid response in coastal areas, and can access shallower waters than our existing lifeboat. She carries an impressive array of equipment, including night vision aids, GPS and radar systems."

Pictured top: The new vessel. 

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