Staithes has new lifeboat
Staithes and Runswick RNLI has a brand new, state of the art £235,000 lifeboat.
The Atlantic 85 is the first RNLI inshore lifeboat to have radar, which means it can operate more effectively in reduced visibility. It is also bigger than its predecessor, with room for a fourth crew member as well as more space for casualties.
The new lifeboat is to be called Sheila & Dennis Tongue III in memory of the bequest of the late Dennis Tongue and his wife. Their bequest has funded three new lifeboats for the life-saving charity; the previous two are stationed at Sligo in Ireland and Looe in Cornwall
The arrival of the new boat on Monday afternoon’s high tide completed a journey of 350 miles from Cowes on the Isle of Wight where she was built and then overland to Whitby where she was launched to complete the last leg to Staithes by sea.
The couple were born in Birmingham in the 1920s and on Dennis’s retirement they moved to Devon where they lived until their eighties, overlooking the coast. The couple did not have any children and it was during their retirement that they came to know and admire the work of the RNLI and recognise its place in the life of the communities it served.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.