SCARBOROUGH’S RNLI All Weather Lifeboat is currently undergoing a full overhaul.
As part of the routine maintenance of all weather lifeboats they are taken off station to a boatyard where everything is removed from the boat, allowing the hull and internal and external construction of the lifeboat to be completely inspected and any remedial work done. While away, the service’s relief All Weather Lifeboat, called “Bingo Lifeline”, takes its place.
A spokesman said: “As we operate a 24/7 rescue service, while our boat is away we are provided with a boat from the relief fleet. These relief lifeboats have often been funded by many people up and down the country, Bingo Lifeline is one such boat being mainly funded by the bingo players of Great Britain
“Bingo Lifeline entered service with the RNLI on July 29 1992 and to date has been a relief lifeboat at 33 different lifeboat stations. Since entering service, she has responded to 172 callouts rescuing 225 people, so playing bingo is a lifesaver!
“Although it is winter Scarborough Lifeboat Station is usually open on weekdays and anyone wishing to view this boat would be welcome. When our Lifeboat has been re-assembled and passed her sea trials she will return to Scarborough and Bingo Lifeline will move on to her next station.”
Scarborough Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1801, which makes it the third oldest station in the country.
The RNLI’s volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The service, which depends on voluntary donations and legacies, operates more than 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 140 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK.
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 137,000 lives.