New lifeboat debuts in Sheringham
The volunteer crew at Sheringham RNLI lifeboat station will be taking
receipt of a new Atlantic 85 lifeboat - the first in Norfolk - this week.
The Atlantic 85 class lifeboat is replacing the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat, which has been at Sheringham since 1994. The new lifeboat is 8.3m in length, carries a crew of four and has a top speed of 35 knots. It features radar and GPS capabilities, including a VHF direction finder - meaning that crew will be able to locate missing people more easily as it tracks radio frequencies.
A new drive-on, drive-off launch carriage has also been delivered to the
station to enable the launch of the new larger boat. The carriage features a number of
operational improvements such as better illumination and an enhanced hydraulic lifting
device. The carriage was generously funded by the same donors at a cost of £68K.
Deputy Divisional Inspector of lifeboats, Allen Head comments:
'The new lifeboat will provide a significant operational improvement for the lifesaving efforts around the coast of Sheringham and beyond. The improved speed, electronics equipment and extra crew seat will enable the crew to locate casualties much quicker and therefore hopefully save more lives at sea.'
Since the station opened in 1838 it has carried out 505 launches and saved