Volunteers from Happisburgh lifeboat station are looking for new crew members to be part of their life saving team in preparation for the arrival of a new lifeboat.
The RNLI at Happisburgh will be receiving a new Atlantic 85 lifeboat to replace the current Atlantic 75 “Joan Mary” in May this year.
Volunteers at Happisburgh lifeboat station are preparing for the arrival of their new lifeboat by looking for additional crew members. Cedric Cox, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, explained; “the new Atlantic 85 will need one additional crew member to respond to each service call; requiring a complement of four crew, as opposed to three crew currently required to launch our existing lifeboat.”
The B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat is one of the fastest in the RNLI fleet. Named after Atlantic College in Wales where these rigid inflatable lifeboats (RIBs) were first developed. ‘85’ represents the length of the lifeboat – nearly 8.5m.
Introduced into the fleet in 2005, the Atlantic 85 is the third generation of B class lifeboat and is gradually replacing the Atlantic 75.
The RNLI are looking for volunteers aged 17 years and over who live or work within 10 minutes of the lifeboat station.
If you are interested in volunteering for the RNLI, you are invited to call in to the upcoming recruitment events at the lifeboat station in Happisburgh on Saturday 18 March anytime between 10am and 2pm or on Tuesday 28 March anytime between 6pm and 8pm. If you can’t make either of these events, please contact the station on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07901 891647.
Come and have a brew with the crew, a chat about what they do, have a tour of the lifeboat station and find out how you can help.