RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat has fleeting overnight companion …

Lifeboats News Release

Anyone walking past the RNLI Torbay boathouse after dusk yesterday evening, Wednesday 21 February - or indeed very early Thursday morning - may have pinched themselves and done a ‘double take’ when they spotted two bright orange lifeboats moored to the pontoon!

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RNLI Lytham St Annes lifeboat Barbara Anne alongside Torbay lifeboat Volunteer Spirit

Just across from relief Severn Class lifeboat Volunteer Spirit was beautiful, slightly smaller Shannon Class lifeboat number 13-24 Barbara Anne.

The Shannon is the first in the RNLI fleet to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making her the most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet. She was an overnight guest at Torbay lifeboat pontoon whilst on passage from RNLI headquarters in Poole to her lifeboat station in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. She slipped in after dusk and left again first thing the following morning, bound for another stopover at Newlyn, Cornwall before rounding Lands’ End and heading onwards up the Irish Sea to Lytham.

There are more exciting boat movements afoot this week, as members of the RNLI Torbay volunteer crew, along with Coxswain Mark Criddle, have left for the Isle of Wight to collect our own Severn Class all-weather lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes and bring her home this weekend – watch out for full coverage of her return soon!

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Barbara Anne on the RNLI Torbay lifeboat pontoon

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Barbara Anne alongside Volunteer Spirit early on Thursday 22 February

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RNLI Shannon Class lifeboat Barbara Anne passing Brixham lighthouse

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