New £235,000 RNLI lifeboat launched for Staithes and Runswick

The new lifeboat. Picture: RNLI
The new lifeboat. Picture: RNLI

Staithes and Runswick RNLI has welcomed a brand new, state of the art lifeboat, worth £235,000.

The new inshore rescue boat is an Atlantic 85 rigid inflatable, the fastest boat in the RNLI fleet, with twin outboard engines capable of 35 knots.

The new lifeboat is to be called Sheila & Dennis Tongue III in memory of the bequest of the late Dennis Tongue and his wife. Their bequest has funded three new lifeboats for the life-saving charity - the other two are stationed at Sligo in Ireland and Looe in Cornwall.

The arrival of the new boat on Monday completed a journey of 350 miles from Cowes on the Isle of Wight where she was built.

She will replace Staithes’ long-standing Atlantic 75, Pride of Leicester which has served the station since 2002 and has launched 160 times, rescuing more than 150 people in trouble at sea.

Her crews have won numerous accolades for gallantry, including the RNLI’s prestigious Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge Award, given annually for the most deserving rescue by an inshore lifeboat.

Sean Baxter, deputy launch authority at the Staithes station said: “We’ll be sorry to see such a faithful friend go. But we’re thrilled to have our new boat which will make us even more effective with its improved capability.”