I took a tour of the Lifeboat on Friday. It was facinating stuff! The RNLI update and maintain the equipment to extremely high standards, believing in investing in the crew to save everyones lives. Just as well this is a charity and not government run-or else they'd have them rowing out in wooden boats as part of the budget cuts.
This is just inside the watertight cabin area immediately off the deck. The crew can treat casualties in here and you can see the seats have sports type seat belts and padding to keep you in place.
The outside of the control room
The boat is in immaculate condition
Love these windscreen wipers!
Brixham has been the base for the Torbay lifeboat since 1866. In 1924 the Brixham Station was renamed Torbay. In 1866 the Lifeboat house cost £175 to build. In 2007 the cost to build a dedicated pontoon for the Severn Class cost over £600,000
Over 30 volunteers now respond to the emergency call from Torbay. Over the years the crew have been awarded 27 medals.
There are two lifeboats at the Torbay Station, an inshore inflatable D class (named John William Hirst) and an all weather Severn Class (named Alec and Christina Dykes - below) which is the largest boat in the fleet and self righting.
For any petrol heads out there:
The Severn Class weighs 42 tonnes, length 17.3m width 5.9m, max speed 25knots and a range of 250 nautical miles, with two caterpillar marine 1350 hp diesel engines.
Monty Halls is a great supporter of and volunteer with the RNLI and will be attempting a record row of 70 miles from Dartmouth around the Eddystone Lighthouse and back with Rachel Cole. See more about this fund raising attempt here and The Grace Darling Memorial Row-an amazing story!
On Friday night we also went to see the 'Bands at the Breakwater' It was a great night out with Joey The Lips headlining in an open air concert.
On Saturday it was the wonderful Breakwater by Candlelight. I didn't take the camera as it was dark. I'm happy to say it was warm and still and the RNLI ran out of lanterns..but not before we got ours! The Breakwater looked beautiful with hundreds of candles lighting it up, twinkling away as people (over 250) walked the length to the lighthouse and back. It was such a friendly atmosphere with people of all ages taking part.
Sunday-SARs demonstration (Search and Rescue)
A fabulous event with the Torbay Team and so many others helping to put on a fantastic display.
So we sat on the Breakwater Beach with the crowds of people and I took lots of photos which I hope you'll enjoy.
I have never seen so many people along the Breakwater-thankfully no-one fell off!
A crowded beach in the beautiful evening sunshine
A helicopter demonstration picking up and dropping off crew from the Severn Class Boat
They make it look so easy-Imagine doing this in rough seas
A simulation of a fire on board and the crew jumping out of the boat
This time two crew members are having a fight and wrestling each other off the boat and into the water
Here is the Class D inshore lifeboat speeding in to pick them up
If you watch the news or Seaside Rescue...you'll know this happens a lot. Inflatables leading people into currents and out into danger. So here is a rescue off the rocks.
And finally.... (oh at last I hear you cry) a few of the crew and boats working together
A speed past and goodbye from the crew of the Severn Class
We had a great time and although this was great fun to watch and a fabulous demonstration to please the crowds and raise money, it's quite exraordinary to think this is all done by volunteers and a charity.
Thank you RNLI