Craster RNLI receives new lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Tuesday 30 July marked the end of an era for Craster RNLI Lifeboat D-703.

Andy Cowen RNLI crew Craster

old and new boat

Craster RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kev Brown, explained:

'It’s always said that as one chapter closes, another begins! This is the case this week at Craster Lifeboat Station as of Tuesday, we said goodbye to our lifeboat for the past 11 years D-703 Joseph Hughes which was so kindly bought for Craster RNLI by Mrs Gill and Mr Roger Smith from Bridport, Dorset.

'On behalf of everyone at Craster Lifeboat station, I would like to express our gratitude to Gill and Roger for providing D-703 enabling us to carry out the work of the RNLI, also over that time the friendships that have been made as they visit us every year, I know those friendships will long continue.

'Now we have D-839 as the new station lifeboat lets hope that it gives us the reliability and service as its predecessor.'

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Andy Cowen RNLI Crew Craster

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Andy Cowen RNLI Crew Craster

new boat on trolley

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