B825, Norma Ethel Vinall, arrives in Dartmouth 18 August 2020
Atlantic 85 lifeboat B825 arrived on transport from the relief fleet in Poole and was craned in from the South Embankment.
Today Dart Lifeboat station took delivery of an Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) which has come after a successful two year trial to determine the effectiveness of a second lifeboat in the river Dart. Approval was granted by RNLI Trustees earlier this year to replace the aging trials boat, an Atlantic 75, with the larger, more modern and capable Atlantic 85. The new boat features an additional 4th crew seat, as well as an integrated communications system, radar and direction-finding equipment to enhance its Search and Rescue capability, along with advanced navigation systems. Powered by powerful twin 115hp four stroke engines, the lifeboat is also faster and more economical than its predecessor, and is also friendlier to the environment.
Dart Lifeboat crew will be undertaking numerous training evolutions over the coming weeks to thoroughly familiarise themselves with the operation of this very capable craft, and the boat will finally go on service later this autumn once the supporting infrastructure is in place.
Nigel Jones RNLI S Devon Area Lifesaving manager.