A new lifesaving team member has joined the crew at Exmouth RNLI.
The launch and recovery vehicle (LRV) is the first step in the preparations for delivery of the unit’s state of the art Shannon-class lifeboat, to be named R and J Welburn, which is due later this spring
Volunteer tractor driver training has got under way with the new LRV thanks to RNLI senior launch and recovery trainer, Mark Perry and RNLI Shannon launch and recovery implementation engineer, Davey Wallace.
The pair have just completed two months training at Kent’s Dungeness RNLI, the first lifeboat station to receive a Shannon-class lifeboat last month.
Mr Perry said the Exmouth crew was clearly raring to go.
“We’ve received a warm welcome from all the volunteers at Exmouth and they’re enthusiastic to commence training in readiness for their new Shannon-class lifeboat,” he said.
The new launch was part-funded by an ongoing appeal launched by the Exmouth lifeboat fundraising team, which has been asked to raise £150,000 towards the total cost of the vehicle.
At the end of February, the appeal had reached £126,000 and the remaining £24,000 needs to be raised in time for the new Shannon-class lifeboat.
The LRV is designed by the RNLI in conjunction with Supacat Ltd who are based in Dunkerswell, East Devon.