These are exciting times for the men and women of Scarborough RNLI – with a new lifeboat station in the planning and a huge fundraising bid.
The volunteers are having one of their biggest fundraising drives in the station’s long and distinguished history.
They are pushing to get £200,000 for a Supacat launcher for the incoming Shannon class lifeboat and has now submitted its screening report for the new lifeboat house it needs to build.
RNLI regional operations manager Andy Clift said: “As standard procedure the RNLI has submitted an environmental impact assessment screening opinion to Scarborough Borough Council for their new lifeboat station and a planning application will be submitted early next year.
“The new lifeboat station is needed to accommodate the state-of-the-art Shannon Class lifeboat and Supacat launching tractor due on station in 2015.
“The Shannon class lifeboat is larger than the station’s current all-weather Mersey class lifeboat, which it is set to replace.
“The new lifeboat station will offer the extra space which is needed to store the Shannon class lifeboat and Supacat launching vehicle.
“This will mean the lifeboat and launch tractor can remain coupled together, which will speed up the launching process.
“A space will also be created within the station to enable the charity’s lifeguards to store the equipment for their summer beach safety patrols and there will be an area for lifeguard training.”
Scarborough will be one of the first crews in the country to get their hands on a Shannon.