Lifeboat Leicester Challenge III returns to Redcar RNLI
It’s an unusual sight but one the people of Redcar may have witnessed before. Thursday 23 February saw the return to Redcar RNLI of their Atlantic 85 lifeboat on the back of a lorry.
It was being returned from the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat Centre on the Isle of Wight, where it had been undergoing a refit and sea trials since October 2022.
In an operation that took under one hour, Redcar’s Leicester Challenge III was swapped with the reserve boat and safely parked up in the lifeboat station ready to respond to its next call for help.
The Leicester Challenge III, is named after the city of Leicester and is the third lifeboat to be donated to Redcar by the people of that city. It entered service at Redcar in 2012
Mike Picknett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said, ‘The Atlantic 85 is programmed in for a refit every five years to ensure that the lifeboat remains in A1 condition and ready for our volunteer crew to respond to a call whenever they are needed. The refit saw a new A frame, communications kit, shock absorbing seats and radar installed. It’s an extensive refit and has taken just over three months to complete.'
During Leicester Challenge III’s time away the lifeboat station remained fully operational with its own D class inshore lifeboat and the on loan Atlantic 85.
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