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Reserve lifeboat is ideal substitute

PUBLISHED: 23:10 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT'S all-weather RNLI lifeboat is away for a major refit.

But what visitors to the town's South Pier may not realise is that there has been any change - as the reserve Tyne Lifeboat, currently moored in the yacht basin, looks exactly the same.

LOWESTOFT'S all-weather RNLI lifeboat is away for a major refit.

But what visitors to the town's South Pier may not realise is that there has been any change - as the reserve Tyne Lifeboat, currently moored in the yacht basin, looks exactly the same.

The Spirit of Lowestoft Lifeboat has been a familiar sight in the harbour for 20 years, with the roar of its powerful engines often signalling another call to help people in distress. The name was chosen because it was mostly paid for with money raised by the successful Lowestoft Journal appeal in the 1980s.

The lifeboat went to Goodchild Marine Services boatyard at Burgh Castle in mid-October for a routine, three-yearly refit. It is now just an empty shell as nearly everything is stripped out for thorough checks and to be repaired or replaced if necessary.

Lifeboat press officer Mike Richford said: “These refits are expensive but essential to ensure the highest standards of reliability for all the rescues our volunteer crew undertake, including in bad weather when other vessels are seeking shelter. We hope to have the lifeboat back around the end of February”.

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