Withernsea Lifeboat station welcome the new D class Lifeboat D837
Tuesday 11 June 2019, Withernsea RNLI crew and management gathered at the station for the arrival of the newest D class lifeboat, Mary Beal.
Fundraising for the new boat started over a year ago with the generous donation from the Beal family of £26,000 to name the boat in memory of local Holderness lady, Mary Beal, a keen sailor, wife, mother, grandmother and passionate supporter of the RNLI.
The total cost of the new lifeboat was £52,000. The generous donations from the public are massively appreciated and the fundraising teams are thanked for all of their hard work to help raise awareness of the charity and the appeal for funding of the new boat.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Martin Woodhouse commented: ‘We are very grateful to receive the new D class on station today, and appreciate all of the fantastic donations from the public over the last year. We are sad to see the Henley Eight leave us as she has served us well.'
The new lifeboat arrived at Withernsea station at 4.45pm on Tuesday. Several of the crew were on hand to help with unloading the boat onto the trailer and the mechanic made checks to ensure everything was correct and in working order. Shortly after the checks in the boathouse were made, the crew put on their full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and took the new D class afloat for a short test run to ensure everything ran smoothly. Coming back ashore there was no reported problems and the D837 is now on service.
Steve Medcalf, Deputy Launch Authority, said: 'All of us at Withernsea lifeboat station were thrilled with the arrival of our new boat D837 the Mary Beal. It is fantastic that a local family have helped massively in enabling us to receive this new craft. The boat is now on service and ready to help anyone who needs our assistance. We feel the arrival of the new boat wouldn't have been possible without the public's kind donations and ongoing support in helping us to continue saving lives at sea.'
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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.