Repairs Underway On St Mary’s Lifeboat Slip

A £110,000 repair to St Mary’s Lifeboat station’s slipway is likely to take another 3 week, but RNLI bosses say the work won’t impact on the functioning of the crew.

While the bottom of the concrete slip is being reinstated, the volunteers will use their 16ft inflatable, kept on a running mooring attached to the slip, in order to reach their main boat, RNLB The Whiteheads, moored in the harbour.

A team of six, including divers, are undertaking repairs to the structure, which was built in 1899.

Permission has been granted by the Marine Management Organisation because the work is on the seabed. English Nature has also been consulted.

Steve Watt, the Lifeboat press officer, says the current work is separate to last year’s £250,000 project to improve the slipway deck. This job is concentrating on the decaying concrete toe at the bottom of the slip.

Steve says they need to do the job during the extremely low tides we get at this time of the year.


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