RNLI replaces Mersey class with Atlantic RIB

Filey station’s new RNLI lifeboat will be twice as fast and easier to launch

The RNLI has announced that Filey’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat will be replaced by an Atlantic 85 B class inshore lifeboat by 2017.
The Atlantic 85 is twice as fast as the 17-knot Mersey and is said to be better suited to the rescues carried out by the crew of Filey Lifeboat Station. It can be launched more quickly than the Mersey, is easy to helm and should be able to reach people in trouble much faster. It will operate alongside Filey’s smaller D class inshore lifeboat.
The RNLI will place 25 knot Shannon class all-weather lifeboats at Scarborough and Bridlington before Filey’s all-weather lifeboat is withdrawn in four years time. The provision of these, along with five inshore lifeboats at Scarborough, Filey, Flamborough and Bridlington, will ensure the RNLI can offer the most efficient service on the stretch of the Yorkshire coast.

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