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First shout for Calshot RNLI’s new D Class Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

On the evening of 16 September, Calshot RNLI’s new D Class lifeboat saw action on service for the first time.

Calshot RNLI's new D Class Lifeboat David Radcliffe launching on service

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Calshot RNLI's new D Class Lifeboat David Radcliffe launching on service

At 10:00pm the pagers sounded and volunteer crew attended the station tasked to locate a vessel that had reported engine failure in the Hythe area.

The decision was made to launch Cashot’s D Class Lifeboat David Radcliffe and crew were soon on the water, making the twelve minute journey toward the location of the casualty.

On arrival, crew found that the owner of the casualty vessel had managed to tie onto the pier and was waiting for the water to rise to attempt to make their way back to Eling.

Due to the deteriorating weather conditions, it was agreed that the casualty vessel would be towed to the nearby Hythe Marina, where the casualty was handed over to HM Coastguard before crew returned to station at around 12:30am.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Jane Banting said: ‘We’ve had several shouts since taking delivery of our new boat, however those have all required our Atlantic 85, so this was the first time we needed to launch David Radcliffe on service. I’m sure that this will be the first of many and look forward to our latest addition assisting those on the water in the coming years.’

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