Exmouth lifeboat crew starts carraige launch training on beach

EXMOUTH'S lifeboat crew has this week begun training to use the carriage launch needed for the all-weather boat once the sea front boathouse is completed.

EXMOUTH'S lifeboat crew has this week begun training to use the carriage launch needed for the all-weather boat once the sea front boathouse is completed.

People heading to Exmouth beach will see drivers being trained to operate the 19 tonne Talus MB-H, a custom made tractor, which will launch and recover the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat.

RNLI deputy divisional inspector Nigel Jones said the training was likely to take approximately 20 hours per crew member and involved shore helpers, tractor drivers and lifeboat crew.

"Once training is complete, it will mean that Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew will be able effectively operate from the new lifeboat station, and continue to respond to call outs 24 hours a day, seven days a week," he said.