An Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat from the RNLI’s relief fleet along with all the launching and recovery equipment is due to arrive in Filey this next two weeks to enable Filey crew to carry out intensive training to operate a new boat from Filey. The Atlantic 85 which will eventually be placed at Filey permanently is still in the build phase.
No date has been set for the withdrawal of the all-weather boat but it is expected to be during the first part of 2021 once everyone is satisfied that the new boat can operate safely and competently from Filey beach.
John Ward, Filey RNLI Press Officer, said: “Some years ago the RNLI decided that Filey would be better served by an Atlantic 85 as it’s a fast response unit capable of more than 40mph which can reach a casualty much more quickly than conventional lifeboats. It does have operational weather limits so some call-outs carried out by Filey Lifeboat in the past will be tasked to Scarborough or Bridlington.”
“The type of casualty that the RNLI is called to has changed over the years from fishing vessels in the main to leisure craft. The move to an Atlantic 85 recognises the fact that it is an ideal rescue craft for leisure boats.” John added.
The Atlantic 85 Class inshore boat, pictured by Rod Newton, is the same type of Lifeboat that is operated by the Flamborough Station which is based at South Landing.