An early Christmas present for Cleethorpes RNLI
An early Christmas present arrived for the volunteer crew of Cleethorpes RNLI on Wednesday, in the shape of a brand new lifeboat.
Funded by a donation from Mr A Burgess of Malton, North Yorkshire the new D Class lifeboat D-757 is named James Burgess II and is dedicated to the memory of his son. This is the second inshore lifeboat Mr Burgess has donated to the RNLI, the first was in 1993, James Burgess an Atlantic class lifeboat is on service at Walmer in Kent.
The crew gathered at the station yesterday to receive the new boat and exchange the old one, D-618 Blue Peter VI – which will now join the RNLI relief fleet, spare lifeboats used when a station's lifeboat is removed for maintenance or repair.
With a crew of four aboard, James Burgess II launched onto the River Humber for the first time at midday for sea trials.
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The new lifeboat is now ready for immediate service at Cleethorpes, although a formal naming ceremony will be held in the Spring.
Cleethorpes RNLI Station Chairman Andrew Dalrymple was there to welcome the new boat and bid farewell to the old one, he says: "There has been a Blue Peter lifeboat on station here since 1994 when the "Pieces of Eight" appeal raised funds for six lifeboats for the RNLI around the country.
The outgoing lifeboat D-618 has been here since 2004 – in that time she has performed on average 60 service launches per year and rescued many people. The James Burgess II, will continue this lifesaving work, manned by the dedicated volunteer crew."