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Torbay RNLI all-weather lifeboat to visit Paignton Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

Residents and holiday makers are invited to come along to Paignton Harbour on Monday 7 August to see Torbay’s powerful all-weather lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes, which will be available for public tours from 7pm until 8.30pm*.

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RNLI Torbay's all-weather lifeboat on a previous visit to Paignton Harbour

Visitors to the harbour will be able to go aboard the Severn class lifeboat, meet the volunteer lifeboat crew and look at the amazing range of navigational and life-saving equipment on board Torbay’s ‘big’ boat. The 90-minute evening visit window is dictated by the tides, so be sure to come along and enjoy seeing the impressive lifeboat looking picturesque in Paignton’s historic harbour as the sun goes down.

Don’t despair if you’re unable to see the all-weather boat at Paignton – visitors will have another chance to go aboard during RNLI Torbay’s build up to the Seaside Special day on Sunday 13 August. Both of Torbay’s boats will be available until around mid-afternoon on that day, but additional morning tours will also be available between 6 and 11 August in Brixham*. 

* Operational demands permitting


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