Lifeboat retired from service in Weston after 17 years

PUBLISHED: 10:17 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:17 17 August 2018

The B769 with two of its first crew members.

The B769 with two of its first crew members.

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One of the lifeboats used by Weston-super-Mare RNLI’s team has been retired as it is no longer in good enough condition to use on rescue missions.

The B769 Coventry and Warwickshire, an Atlantic 75 class lifeboat, arrived in Weston in 2001.

Throughout its service, the boat was launched 302 times, and used to rescue 239 people and save 17 lives.

As the boat is used on shouts and training in tough weather conditions, the wear and tear has taken its toll and it can no longer be used.

The RNLI keeps a number of used lifeboats at its headquarters, and the Paul Alexander will be given to Weston’s crew.

Mike Buckland, lifeboat operations manager at Weston RNLI, said: “Many times my team and I have trusted our lives to B769.

“She has been a magnificent boat and served us well.

“We will miss her but the new boat will be a worthy successor and we will keep doing what we do – saving lives at sea.”

An RNLI spokesman said: “Launched not only in shouts but often twice a week on training, into the heaviest weather conditions, the sea and general wear and tear took its toll.

“To make matters worse the Weston volunteer crew have had to operate out of a temporary station for the last five years resulting in the lifeboat been kept outside subject to wind and waves on the seafront.

The time has thus come when Coventry and Warwickshire can no longer be considered in good enough condition to protect its crew and save lives.”

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