Redcar RNLI welcomes new lifeboat

The volunteers at Redcar RNLI welcomed their new inshore lifeboat on Saturday 7 May 2016.

 The naming ceremony was held in the charity’s lifeboat station when volunteer crew and their families were joined by join RNLI supporters and colleagues from neighbouring lifeboat stations to celebrate the arrival of the new lifeboat and to formally accept the vessel into their care.

The D class lifeboat, called Eileen May Loach-Thomas, went into service at Redcar late last year and has already been called upon on ten occasions for incidents ranging from the rescue of stranded dogs to searches for missing people.

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The funding for Eileen May Loach-Thomas was made possible thanks to the bequest of Nick Thomas, a Shropshire engineer. The lifeboat is named after his first wife, whom he met during the war, and who died during the 1970s.

Redcar RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dave Cocks, said: ‘The naming ceremony is always a very special day for everyone involved with the RNLI in this area. The christening of each new lifeboat at Redcar means we can say, for that day at least, the town officially has the world’s newest lifeboat and the world’s oldest surviving lifeboat, the Zetland, at the same time.

‘Redcar was one of the pioneering RNLI lifeboat stations in 1963 when we trialled the prototype craft from which this new boat has evolved. It has already been put to good use and our volunteer crew has put in a lot of extra time to train with the new navigation and communications equipment. They are all delighted with its performance.’

The ceremony included a service of dedication conducted by Reverend Rachel Harrison from St Peter’s Church and musical support was provided by the Marske Fishermen’s Choir.