Appledore RNLI has taken hold of its new Tamar-class lifeboat, Molly Hunt

The busiest lifeboat station in the Bristol Channel, Appledore, has taken hold of a new Tamar-class lifeboat. Molly Hunt will take over from the older Tyne-class, George Gibson, which has served Appledore since 1988.

Wendy Dale, Appledore RNLI volunteer lifeboat operations manager, said, “Although it will be sad to lose George Gibson, who has served us so well and for so long, the faster state-of-the-art Tamar will help crew rescue casualties much more quickly and easily.”

The introduction of the new lifeboat is also very timely as there are plans to reduce the emergency cover provided by the RMB Chivenor helicopter and to turn the lighthouse off at Hartland.

Although the future of George Gibson has not been secured, it is thought she will join the RNLI’s relief fleet.