LYME Regis lifeboat crew has been supplied with a new inflatable boat to help them reach those in danger on the shore.
The RNLi has supplied the crew with a so-called X-Boat, a ten foot inflatable with oars.
Volunteer lifeboat operations manager, Nick Marks, explained: ‘The idea is to try and avoid asking crew members to swim ashore to reach people, particularly those cut off by the tide. This has sometimes been necessary when the lifeboat has been unable to get close to shore safely.”
The crew are currently evaluating the value of the inflatable and tested in out during Tuesday evening’s training session. It can be taken aboard the lifeboat and later rowed ashore to offer reassurance, or even first aid, to anyone in trouble.
Mr Marks added: “We are hoping the X-boat will improve our operational ability still further to assist those in difficulty ashore.”