Launching rig enables Seahouses RNLI crew to train for arrival of new lifeboat

Seahouses RNLI crew can now restart training in preparation for the arrival of a new lifeboat.

Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 5:19 pm

A tractor and launching rig, known as the Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLARS), returned on Wednesday having been withdrawn due to Covid-19 precautions.

Training will restart next week for the boat and shore crews so they will be able to safely and efficiently operate the complex equipment.

Seahouses lifeboat operations manager Ian Clayton said: “It was good to see the rig back on station, and training will start in earnest next week, in preparation for the boat’s arrival on October 18.

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Tractor and launching rig for new lifeboat arrives.

"We would also like to thank the North Sunderland Harbour Commissioners, for their cooperation to facilitate the unit’s return.

"It’s an exciting time for us all here at Seahouses lifeboat station.”

The unit will temporarily be stored at the concrete apron beside the station.

It was first announced in November 2014 that Seahouses was to get a new all-weather lifeboat.

The SLARS (Shannon Launch and Recovery System) in Seahouses.

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The new tractor is named ‘David Cooper’ after the donor who generously funded it.
The launching rig on Seahouses harbour.
The rig will help Seahouses crew prepare for the arrival of a new all-weather lifeboat.