Friday, 13 July 2012

New Inshore Lifeboat arrives

Its been an exciting few days at Swanage Lifeboat Station as we received our brand new D Class Inshore Lifeboat on Wednesday afternoon.
D-752 is named 'Phyl & Jack' and was donated to us by Mrs Phyl Cleare and is named in memory of her and her husband.

Sadly Mrs Cleare passed away earlier this year but she told us in 2011 that she had made provision for a new lifeboat for us. Mrs Cleare had also funded our previous boat D-613 'Jack Cleare' in memory of her husband, the boat before that, D-475 'Phyl Clare 2' and our very first ILB D-406 'Phyl Clare'. The crew are delighted with the new boat but we were sad to see D-613 leave Swanage.
D-752 was officially placed on service at 7:20pm on Thursday 12th July by Tom Mansell, Training Divisional Inspector (South). The naming ceremony is planned for Sat 15th September at 11:00.