Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat moves into a tent
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 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.'
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, in a normal year, 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.