Relief lifeboat arrives at Port Erin RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday, 2 November, Atlantic 85 B-880 Martin Fredrick Whithouse, a relief lifeboat from Cowes, arrived on the Isle Of Man to temporarily replace Port Erin Lifeboat's current Atlantic 85 B-813 Muriel and Leslie.

Port Erin RNLI Lifeboat B-813 on its way to Cowes

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Port Erin RNLI Lifeboat B-813 on its way to Cowes
Port Erin RNLI's Atlantic 85 B-813 Muriel and Leslie has been taken by the charity to Cowes on the Isle Of White to have a boat refit and upgrade on the equipment.

The changeover happened in Port Erin on the Raglin pier where Atlantic 85 B-880 Martin Fredrick Whitehouse was lowered into the water and conducted sea trials accompanied by Port Erin lifeboat B-813 Muriel and Leslie.

After a successful sea trial of B-880 Martin Fredrick Whitehouse, the lifeboat headed to Port Erin's RNLI lifeboat station to be rehoused and cleaned. At the same time, B-813 Muriel and Leslie was lifted out of the water at the Raglin pier and loaded onto the back of an RNLI lorry that would take the lifeboat to Cowes. Tools and equipment were taken from B-813 and placed onto the relief lifeboat B-880 to take on service duties for Port Erin.

Port Erin RNLI volunteers will continue to train and launch to those in trouble on the coast using the relief Atlantic 85 B-880 until February 2022, when Port Erin's Atlantic class lifeboat has been refitted in Cowes and returned to the Isle of Man.
Relief Lifeboat B-880 Martin Fredrick Whitehouse in Port Erin's boat hall

RNLI/Callum Qualtrough

Relief Lifeboat B-880 Martin Fredrick Whitehouse
Relief Lifeboat B-880 Martin Fredrick Whitehouse name plate

RNLI/Callum Qualtrough

Relief Lifeboat B-880 Martin Fredrick Whitehouse

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