Exmouth RNLI's new lifeboat officially named
PUBLISHED: 15:11 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 22 May 2017
Exmouth RNLI's newest lifeboat was officially named and dedicated at the weekend in front of around 250 people.
The d-class vessel was officially named ‘George Bearman II’ by Pauline Smith, who provided the new lifeboat. She asked for it to be named after her grandfather who was one of 11 men who died while attempting to reach a torpedo gun boat in 1898.
It replaces the original ‘George Bearman’ d-class vessel after 10 years of service having saved 28 lives.
RNLI Exmouth’s newest crew volunteer, Charlie Allen, thanked Pauline on behalf of the crew and presented her with a digital photo frame containing photos and videos from the arrival day.
He said: “I know that George Bearman II will look after me and her Crew, as we will look after her.
“We really appreciating Pauline providing the second D class lifeboat and we at Exmouth lifeboat station feel very humbled and honoured.”
Guests were gathered in the all-weather lifeboat hall, at Exmouth RNLI’s Queen’s Drive HQ, where town crier Roger Bourgein announced the start of the ceremony following entertainment by the Exmouth Shanty Men.
George Bearman II was handed over to Exmouth lifeboat operations manager Kevin Riley via RNLI council member Martin Gregory.
Reverend James Hutchings led the dedication service and Pauline Smith was invited to officially name the boat with champagne.
Area lifesaving manager Nigel Jones thanked the station, fundraising and shop volunteers for their dedication.
At the end of the ceremony, the crews’ pagers were then simultaneously activated to simulate a shout and to demonstrate the abilities of George Bearman II to guests.