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Redcar gets new RNLI lifeboat

The new Leicester Challenge III, which is going into service at Redcar. Photo: RNLI

A new RNLI lifeboat is being put into service at Redcar, North Yorkshire.

The £180,000 boat, called Leicester Challenge III, is an Atlantic 85 lifeboat. It replaces the older Atlantic 75, Leicester Challenge II.

The vessel was part-funded by the people of Leicester, who have also helped raise money for two other lifeboats at Redcar.

Dave Cammish, Redcar RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said:

"The crew have already put her through her paces and have been impressed with the extra speed and new kit like radar, which will help them carry out their role more safely and effectively than ever before."

– Dave Cammish, Redcar RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager

The crew began training on the new vessel yesterday. It's the first type of RNLI inshore lifeboat to have radar, which means it can operate better in poor visibility. The boat is also faster and larger than its predecessor.

In its 11 years at Redcar, Leicester Challenge II has rescued 248 people.

Atlantic 85 facts:

  • Length: 8.3m
  • Beam: 2.8m
  • Engines: 2 x 115hp Yamaha 4-stroke
  • Speed: 35 knots
  • Endurance: 2.5 hours
  • Crew: Four