The new, larger boat will replace the station’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat in full time active service.

A NEW state-of-the-art inshore lifeboat has arrived at Appledore RNLI Lifeboat Station to a weekend of vigorous training.

The Atlantic 85 inshore rescue boat, named Glanely, is larger than the station’s current Atlantic 75 boat, with space for a fourth crew member on board.

“The Glanely was donated to Appledore by the Gibson Family Trust to whom we are all indebted,” said Wendy Dale, Appledore’s RNLI volunteer operations manager.

“After more than 15 years of stalwart service our Atlantic 75, Douglas Paley, will leave full time active service with us and join the RNLI relief fleet.

“The Gibson Family Trust also donated our last all weather lifeboat, George Gibson, which was with us between 1988 and 2010.”

The Appledore crew has been undergoing training to get to grips with the boat which can operate safely in up to force 7 conditions during daylight and force 6 at night.

Once training is complete, the Glanely will be fully operational and moved to the lifeboat house where everyone can come and see it.

An official naming ceremony will be held on September 16 at 1pm at Appledore Lifeboat Station.