Posted: Tue 24th May 2016

Flint RNLI new £48k lifeboat put through it’s paces on River Dee last night

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Flint RNLI team were out on the River Dee on Monday evening putting their brand new £48,000 D-Class inshore lifeboat through its paces. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Flint RNLI lifeboat crew members took delivers of the new lifeboat named ‘Lady Barbara’ last week. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The new lifeboat was partially funded by a generous £35,000 donation from local RNLI supporter David Sadler in memory of his late wife Barbara who sadly died in April 2015. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The remaining £13,000 is being raised as part of the lifeboat stations 50th anniversary appeal. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

David was present when ‘Lady Barbara’ was delivered to the Flint based lifeboat team, he said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This a proud day for me, our family, and everybody at the lifeboat station” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Talking last Thursday when the lifeboat was delivered Alan Forrester volunteer lifeboat operations manager said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This is an exciting and special day for our lifeboat station, for David and his family, and for the people of Flint, Barbara was a huge supporter of this station and the RNLI, and this lifeboat will be a constant tribute to her.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Thanks to MCS Photography for the pictures… ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Launching from a trolley or davit, the D class lifeboat is ideal for rescues close to shore in fair to moderate conditions. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The D class lifeboat has a single 50hp outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

First introduced into the fleet in 1963, the design of the D class has continued to evolve since its introduction and the latest version (also known as the IB1-type) was introduced in 2003. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Equipment includes both fitted and hand-held VHF radio, night-vision equipment, and first aid kit including oxygen. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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