News : New Inshore Lifeboat ordered thanks to Government Grant
Trustees of the Southport Offshore Rescue Trust are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a £33,825 grant by the Department for Transport from the Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Scheme.
The money is for half the cost of a new Inshore Lifeboat, priced at just over £67,000, which has already been ordered from the RNLI.
When it arrives, the new boat will replace the current Inshore Lifeboat, which has been stationed at Southport since 2005, and is 25 years old.
The ILB will be the same as the IB1's currently used at over 100 RNLI stations around Britain, and benefits from an improved design from the model currently used at Southport.
It will be primarily used for shallow waters and on the Marine Lake, however will act as a back up to the main lifeboat, which will be going away for a refit later in the year.
Mark Hesketh, a Coxswain of the Southport Lifeboat said; 'The new lifeboat will vastly improve our ability to perform rescues on the Marine Lake and in shallow water off Southport, providing a faster response and better equipment
'The new features make it a safer boat for the crew, and we are all looking forward to its arrival in the Autumn.'
The new ILB, which is due for delivery in September, has been on the Trustee's agenda for several years now, however the grant has made it possible to finally place the order.
Mark said; 'The old ILB was bought second hand from the RNLI in 2005 and has been a reliable servant and training boat for us, however it has begun to deteriorate and it's been evident for the past few of years that it needs replacing soon.'
Nick Porter, Trustee and Coxswain said; 'As everyone knows we have been working tirelessly to raise funds for a new lifeboat station for Southport, which unfortunately has meant that a new ILB has had to take a back seat.
'Being awarded over £30,000 by the DfT's Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Scheme means that we have been able to order the boat whilst still working the new boathouse scheme.
'All of the Volunteers are striving to provide the best rescue service we can, and pretty soon we will have two of the best lifeboats money can buy in a purpose built lifeboat station in a prominent location.'