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Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat station’s new lifeboat 'Hello Herbie II' is launched

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Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat station’s new lifeboat 'Hello Herbie II' was officially named on Saturday (23 September) by Mr Nigel Carter, who poured champagne over her bow before the new Atlantic 85 was launched and showed off her paces.

Nigel Carter officially names Hello Herbie II whilst crew member Alissia Matthews holds the mike.

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Naming Hello Herbie II

Graeme Richardson, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, (ALM) gave a vote of thanks to Mrs Sheila Pigott, who together with her late husband Mr John David Pigott made a considerable donation towards the funding of the new lifeboat; and to Mr Carter, whose family donated the original Hello Herbie, also an Atlantic 85, which was seriously damaged and written off two years ago.

The Reverend Canon David Frost led the Service of Dedication in front of a large audience, including the Lord Lieutenant, Mr Peter Field, and the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Mrs Maureen Chowen.

The Atlantic 85 class RNLI lifeboat was introduced in 2005 and is larger than its predecessor, the Atlantic 75. It is a B class inshore lifeboat, designed to operate in shallow water. There's no wheelhouse, so the crew (usually 3-4) are exposed to the elements at all times. It is one of the fastest lifeboats in the fleet with a top speed of 35 knots and can operate in a force 7 wind in daylight and up to force 6 winds at night.

Jai Gudgion, one of Rye Harbour's volunteer helmsmen, said: ‘Hello Herbie II is perfect for service in the Rye Bay area. She has two onboard computer screens for radar and GPS tracking and a VHF direction finder for helping to pinpoint any casualty. We can now carry four crew and have more survivor space.’

'Rye Harbour lifeboat station would like to thank the many people and organisations who have kindly raised monies to pay for the new lifeboat. Thanks also goes to the station's fund raising team and volunteers.'

The final fund raising event will be an illustrated talk about the Mary Stanford disaster, the worst in the history of the RNLI, where the Rye Harbour crew of 17 all lost their lives.

This event will be held on Friday 20 October at 6pm in Rye Harbour Church of the Holy Spirit. Tickets £20 (including wine and canapes) are available from Claire Stephenson on 01797 222032 or rc.stephenson@btinternet.com

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Mrs Pigott and Graeme Richardson (ALM) with crew on board 'Hello Herbie II' just before the launch.

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Mrs Pigott and Graeme Richardson (ALM) with crew on board 'Hello Herbie II'
'Hello Herbie II' being launched.

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'Hello Herbie II' being launched.
'Hello Herbie II' just after launch

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'Hello Herbie II' just after launch

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