Still £24k to go as new launch vehicle arrives at Exmouth RNLI

11:00 21 March 2014

Exmouth RNLI crew volunteers Neil Cannon, Peter Renouf, Mark Sampson and Colin May who along with Robert Thompson (not pictured) have been in training driving the new Supacat Launch and Recovery vehicle this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 6500-12-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Exmouth RNLI crew volunteers Neil Cannon, Peter Renouf, Mark Sampson and Colin May who along with Robert Thompson (not pictured) have been in training driving the new Supacat Launch and Recovery vehicle this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 6500-12-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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A NEW vehicle has arrived at Exmouth’s RNLI boathouse.

View from the driver's seat-RNLI Senior Launch and Recovery Instructor Mark Perry at the controls of Exmouth's new Supacat vehicle this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 6491-12-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo OrdersView from the driver's seat-RNLI Senior Launch and Recovery Instructor Mark Perry at the controls of Exmouth's new Supacat vehicle this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 6491-12-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

It’s the launch and recovery vehicle (L&RV) for the station’s new state-of-the-art lifeboat.

Part-funded by an ongoing appeal, the L&RV began being put through its paces on Exmouth beach earlier this week.

But the new £1million vehicle hasn’t been completely paid for.

The Exmouth Lifeboat Fundraising Team is still £24,000 short of its target and needs more donations.

The LR&V’s arrival is the first step in the preparations for the town’s new Shannon-class lifeboat (13-03) R and J Welburn, due later this spring.

Volunteer tractor driver training started on Tuesday, March 18. Sessions will continue next week.

At some point there are plans to introduce the relief Shannon-class lifeboat 13-01 for training purposes.

Mark Perry (RNLI senior launch and recovery trainer) and Davey Wallace (RNLI Shannon launch and recovery implementation engineer) are delivering the training.

Both men were trained at Dungeness RNLI, the first lifeboat station to receive a Shannon-class lifeboat last month.

“We’ve received a warm welcome from all the Exmouth volunteers and they’re enthusiastic to commence training in readiness for their new Shannon-class lifeboat,” said Mark.

The L&RV was designed by the RNLI in conjunction with Supacat Ltd, based at Dunkerswell, East Devon.

This, says Exmouth RNLI, has led to the design of a bespoke 21st century vehicle to match the technical advances of a new generation of all-weather lifeboats, such as the Shannon-class.

The Exmouth Lifeboat Fundraising Team has been asked to raise £150,000 towards the total cost of the L&RV.

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.

To donate £5, text RNLI EXMOUTH to 70300 or call 0845 122 6999.

More pictures of Exmouth RNLI’s new LR&V: www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/pictures_exmouth_rnli_1_3458026

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