Scilly’s Lifeboat Heads To Plymouth For Repairs

lifeboat 2013_3Eagle-eyed islanders might have spotted some subtle changes to the lifeboat this week.

Our usual vessel, RNLB The Whiteheads, has been sent to the mainland for repairs. She’s been replaced by another Severn-class boat, RNLB Volunteer Spirit.

Lifeboat press Officer Steve Watt says there’s a fault on the hydraulic crane that’s used to transfer people and inflatables onto the deck.

She’s also had an oil leak in the port engine for some time and it’s been getting worse.

Steve says it’s more cost effective for the charity to take the boat to a specialist dockyard in Plymouth to get it fixed rather than fly people in.

Underwater maintenance and a hull clean will be carried out while the vessel’s at the facility.

The lifeboat is expected to be back on the islands next week.

A visit to Scilly by the RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier had to be called off last Thursday when fog grounded all flights.

Steve said it was a routine trip and part of a tour of Lifeboat Stations in the South West.