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Exmouth RNLI volunteers meet their new ‘workhorse’ George Bearman II

Lifeboats News Release

A new D class lifeboat arrived at Exmouth lifeboat station on 12 January as George Bearman reached the end of her 10-year operational life.

George Bearman II about to launch for the first time

Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI's new inshore lifeboat, George Bearman II

More than one hundred supporters, past and present volunteers and members of the public, including school children turned up at the station in the heavy rain, to watch the event.

It was Donor, Pauline Smith’s wish to be present when the second lifeboat she had funded in memory of her Grandfather arrived. After Crew volunteers attached the engine and added diesel, George Bearman II joined her older sister, George Bearman on the water for a brief display of the D class lifeboat capabilities.

Pauline was offered a seat in the launching tractor for the best view. She said:

‘As I saw both lifeboats come towards the shore, I was so proud! Also, I was quite sad to see the old one go on her last trip in Lyme Bay, but hopefully George Bearman II will give just as good service for the next 10 years.’

George Bearman rescued 466 people and saved 28 lives in 10 years at Exmouth. Launching 614 times, the Exmouth inshore lifeboat is known as the ‘workhorse’ of the station, tasked to approximately 80% of call-outs.

After George Bearman was taken away to the charity’s headquarters at Poole and George Bearman II settled into the inshore lifeboat hall for the first time, the event closed with various volunteer award presentations with former RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease.

The official Naming Ceremony for George Bearman II will be held in late Spring 2017.

Notes to Editors

Photos: (Credit Exmouth RNLI)

PR160117-1 George Bearman II about to launch

PR160117-2 Donor, Pauline Smith in launching tractor

PR160117-3 George Bearman and George Bearman II on water together

PR160117-4 Crew with George Bearman and George Bearman II

For more information please telephone Emma Tarling, Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07837 810082 or email: emmatarling@ymail.com.

Donor, Pauline Smith rides in the launching tractor

Exmouth RNLI

George Bearman II Donor, Pauline Smith
Both inshore lifeboats display their capabilities to the crowds

Exmouth RNLI

George Bearman and George Bearman II on the water
Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers give George Bearman II the 'thumbs up'

Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth lifeboat Crew volunteers

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