APPLEDORE RNLI is to receive revolutionary new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat, it has been revealed today (Friday). The state-of-the-art £2.7million lifeboat, which is due to arrive next year, will replace the existing Tyne class lifeboat George Gibson

APPLEDORE RNLI is to receive revolutionary new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat, it has been revealed today (Friday).The state-of-the-art £2.7million lifeboat, which is due to arrive next year, will replace the existing Tyne class lifeboat George Gibson that has been at Appledore since 1988.The Tamar is of the very latest in lifeboat design. She has a top speed of 25 knots giving a vastly improved response time on that of the existing lifeboat at Appledore, and boasts new safety features including an advanced seat design to reduce stress on the backs of the volunteer crew members when they are at sea. New onboard computer controls mean remote management of many of the lifeboats functions and better task sharing amongst the crew.Wendy Dale, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Appledore, said: "This new lifeboat represents a huge investment in the life-saving work of the RNLI in the area. "Last year was the busiest year ever for the Appledore RNLI and 2009 looks like following suit. Appledore is the busiest lifeboat station in the Bristol Channel and the new Tamar will help the volunteer crews significantly. It is a safer, faster, better-equipped boat and it can reach the casualty more quickly than our current Tyne."As well as additional fund-raising to help with the costs of the new boat, the station will need to undertake additional training to enable the crew to become proficient with the new lifeboat as quickly as possibleCoxswain Martin Cox and Mechanic Keith Wilson will make frequent visits to the new boat while it is being built, to familiarise themselves with the new vessel, even before it arrives on station.The 16-metre Appledore Tamar will be the fifth one to go on station in the South West. Two are already operational in Padstow, Cornwall and Salcombe, Devon, with a third arriving on station in St Helier, in the Channel Islands this spring, and at Sennen Cove, Cornwall at the end of the year.