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.

Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart LPO
B825 arrived on transport from the relief fleet in Poole
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart LPO
B825 was craned in from Dartmouth South Embankment
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart LPO
B825 was taken for a short familiarisation trip in Dartmouth Harbour
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart LPO
B825 passing Dartmouth Castle
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart LPO
Dart RNLI crew were all in PPE kit
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart LPO
A stern view of the Atlantic 85 showing the radar and twin 4 stroke engines
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart LPO
Photos of B825 on the river were taken with the assistance of Dart Harbour
Photo: Andy Kyle/RNLI
B825 was craned afloat from the Dartmouth South Embankment
Photo: Andy Kyle/RNLI
The Embankment was crowded with spectators of the launch
Photo: Andy Kyle / RNLI
The Atlantic 85 was taken for a short familiarisation exercise in the harbour
Photo: Andy Kyle / RNLI
The telephoto lens makes it look closer than it was between the ferries!
Photo: Andy Kyle/RNLI
The ferries are often the 1st to raise an alarm in the harbour.
Photo: Andy Kyle/RNLI
Mark Strudwick LOM was delighted to see an Atlantic 85 at his station at last.
Photo: Andy Kyle/RNLI
The old steam paddle steamer and the latest vessel to come to Dartmouth harbour
Photo: Stuart Millard / RNLI
Rich Eggleton Helm, Yorkie Lomas, Tom Shanle & Ewen Menzies Ist Dart crew for B825
Photo: Karl Madge / RNLI
B825 is swung afloat from Dartmouth South Embankment

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