The RNLI has announced the replacement of the Crosshaven Atlantic 75 class lifeboat “Miss Betty” with the newer and improved Atlantic 85 Class of lifeboat.
The new lifeboat is 8.5 metres long with extra load carrying space for stretchers and the ability to take an extra fourth crewman. The new boat will also carry RADAR, direction finding equipment , a full crew communication system and uprated Navigation equipment.
The new lifeboat will be named ”JOHN AND JANET “ and will carry the service number B892.
The lifeboat is expected to arrive in May and the crew will go into extensive training to familiarise themselves with the new boat.
The funding of the JOHN AND JANET came from an anonymous legacy which stipulated that the funds were to be used for a lifeboat and that it be named JOHN AND JANET.
Commenting on the new arrival, Patsy Fegan, Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “ Miss Betty has given Crosshaven and the harbour area 14 years of sterling service and not once has she let us down. Miss Betty will retire into the relief fleet and continue to save lives around the coast of Ireland and the UK. We would like to thank the Clayton Love family once again for funding Crosshaven’s first lifeboat in 2002. Whilst we will miss “Miss Betty”, we also look forward to the increased capabilities that the Atlantic 85 will give us in the saving of lives at sea”.
A naming and dedication service for the “JANET AND JOHN “will take place at the lifeboat station on Sunday September 11th next.