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Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat moves into a tent

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI's inshore lifeboat based in Lyme Regis has moved into a new, temporary 'home'...a huge industrial tent in a car park.

The RNLI's Lyme Regis lifeboat arrives in the tent.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat arrives in the tent

The boat, Spirit of Loch Fyne, its tractor used for launching and other equipment, is being housed in the tent east of the bowling green for a month while work to repair the floor of the boathouse on the Cobb is carried out.

Volunteer crew members have been briefed on arrangements including safety measures for the move, and a dry run for launching has been held because the tractor with the boat on its carriage will now have to travel a short distance on a public road to reach the harbour.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said: 'The crew have had a detailed briefing on how we will manage the next month, including closing the road when the boat is being moved for launching.

'We apologise in advance for any inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists and will keep any restrictions to a minimum.

'One of our most important considerations is the safety of everyone when we need to use public areas.'

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