Staithes has new lifeboat
Staithes and Runswick RNLI has a brand new, state of the art £235,000 lifeboat.
The Atlantic 85 is the first RNLI inshore lifeboat to have radar, which means it can operate more effectively in reduced visibility. It is also bigger than its predecessor, with room for a fourth crew member as well as more space for casualties.
The new lifeboat is to be called Sheila & Dennis Tongue III in memory of the bequest of the late Dennis Tongue and his wife. Their bequest has funded three new lifeboats for the life-saving charity; the previous two are stationed at Sligo in Ireland and Looe in Cornwall
The arrival of the new boat on Monday afternoon’s high tide completed a journey of 350 miles from Cowes on the Isle of Wight where she was built and then overland to Whitby where she was launched to complete the last leg to Staithes by sea.
The couple were born in Birmingham in the 1920s and on Dennis’s retirement they moved to Devon where they lived until their eighties, overlooking the coast. The couple did not have any children and it was during their retirement that they came to know and admire the work of the RNLI and recognise its place in the life of the communities it served.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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