December 2015 update

December Operations Update.
Our only ‘shout’ last month was on 8th November at 1015 just as the crew were getting into their Sunday best to attend the Remembrance Day parade through the town. We were tasked to investigate a 42’ sloop aground and on her beam ends in the vicinity of the Anchor Stone at Dittisham. The vessel was not occupied but undamaged and it was clear that it would refloat on the incoming tide. Dart Lifeboat informed the Harbour Authority, recovered the Lifeboat and changed back into Sunday rig just in time to join the parade.

November and December have been wet and very windy with many significant gales. The wild weather may account for a quiet time for the crew but a chance to catch up with our training requirements and of course the maintenance of boat and kit.

Stuart Millard, who is one of our tractor drivers, has expressed a desire to join the lifeboat crew. We all hope he will soon be able to begin his training. Having had the opportunity for some months to get to know what is required in terms of commitment and time I am confident he will prove an asset to the team.

The very wet weather continued into December and two of our three crew members who are also on the RNLI South Flood Response Team were called to the flooded area in Cumbria on the 5th. Chris Tracey and Yorkie Lomas were initially sent to help in Cockermouth where they took welfare items to those who had stayed at home but were flooded out and had no electricity. They then provided down-stream safety cover to the Fire service who were setting up large volume pumps to reduce the flooding. After that they were deployed to Carlisle before returning home on the 8th. There has been considerable media interest in the flooding and John Fenton, Dart Lifeboat Press officer and Chris Tracey both had separate slots on BBC Radio Devon describing the RNLI response.
Note:All members of Inshore Lifeboat Stations are unpaid volunteers.

Rob Clements
Lifeboat Station Operations Manager

RNLI Visitor Centre Dartmouth

I am delighted to say that we re-opened our doors on Monday 7 December. We now have a full, state of the art visitor centre showing all aspects of the RNLI; Lifeboats, Lifeguards, Sea Safety and its history. There are many mediums to interest our visitor; displays, stories and a listening pod where survivors are telling their stories. We have a TV showing films of rescues undertaken by our own RNLI Dart crew and another which will show a variety of rescues with commentary from other lifeboat crews.

We also have our shop fully stocked with RNLI supporter merchandise, toys and great present ideas. We are currently selling a wide range of Christmas cards, calendars and diaries. 
We will be open seven days a week, 10am to 4pm until Monday 21st December so plenty of time to get your Christmas cards and last minute presents. We will be opening between Christmas and New Year but for reduced hours only as we rely on the good will and free time of our volunteers. Do come down and see us.

Tracey Lucas
Volunteer Shop Manager

Posted on Thu 31 Dec 2015 by J Fenton Dart Lifeboat Press officer

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