Mablethorpe Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has just taken delivery of a special early Christmas present – a brand new B class (Atlantic 85) inshore lifeboat.*
Mablethorpe’s volunteer crew members are currently trialling the lifesaving gift, which arrived at the station this week.
The lifeboat has been funded by a generous legacy from Miss Pamela Jacqueline Saville and it will be named B-887 Jacqueline Saville in her honour.
Miss Saville lived in Cambridge until her death in August 2009. Her father was a Merchant Navy Captain who was rescued by the RNLI after his boat was sunk. He was one of few survivors.
This rescue inspired Miss Saville to become a lifelong supporter of the RNLI and she was a life governor from 1992.
In 1988 she expressed her intention to leave a legacy and later mentioned that she wished to have a lifeboat named after her.
Dale Chapman, Mablethorpe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said:
Miss Saville’s incredible generosity means that we have received a new B class inshore lifeboat which is both faster and better equipped than our previous model. The greater speed will enable us to react more quickly to call outs which will enhance our prime goal of saving lives at sea.
Our volunteer crew is thoroughly enjoying training on and trialling the new lifeboat, the team couldn’t think of a more worthwhile and vital early Christmas present.
Mablethorpe RNLI is also set to receive another new lifeboat in December.
The D class inshore lifeboat, D-790 Stanley Whiteley Chadwick will arrive on station in the next few weeks.
This lifeboat has also been funded by a generous legacy.
Mrs. Marian Whiteley Chadwick from York left the money to the RNLI following her death in August 2005. She wanted a lifeboat to be named in memory of her husband who served in the Royal Navy. He was very keen on the sea and admired the work of the charity.
During her lifetime, Mrs. Chadwick was a strong supporter of the RNLI and was a member of a ladies group in York, who held functions raising funds for the charity.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dale Chapman, added ‘It is only through the amazingly generous support of people like Mrs. Chadwick and Miss Saville that the RNLI can continue its vital work.
It’s certainly set to be an extra special Christmas at Mablethorpe lifeboat station and we’ll begin the New Year with an exciting new chapter of lifesaving.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 237 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 200 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 140,000 lives.