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RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat moves 'home' for station repairs

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI's Lyme Regis-based lifeboat is moving 'home' for a month during March.

The RNLI boathouse at Lyme Regis

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Lyme Regis RNLI boathouse

The 8.5m Spirit of Loch Fyne will be housed in an industrial tent on a car park from March 7 while the lifeboat station's boathouse floor is re-laid.

The move also includes the tractor used to launch and recover the inshore lifeboat as well as other boathouse equipment.

During exercises, or launches in an emergency, a short stretch of road from the car park east of the bowling green to Cobb Square will be closed for a few minutes.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks explained:'The closure of the boathouse is necessary because parts of the floor are breaking up after years of wear.'

The lifeboat will be launched from the harbour's public slipway while the RNLI's facility is used by contractors carrying out the work.

Mr Marks added:' Crew members will carry out safety measures while the boat is moved on the public road for the short journey to the harbour.

'The operation includes Easter weekend, and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused when we need to launch the lifeboat.'

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