Siren system installed on St Mary’s Church will warn the public when lifeboat is about to be launched in an emergency.

A new siren system will warn the public when Appledore RNLI are launching the lifeboat in an emergency.

Following successful trials at lifeboat stations around the coast, the RNLI have installed the alerting siren on the top of the tower of St Mary’s Church. There will be an additional siren mounted on the lifeboat station.

Testing is already in progress, and the sirens will go off between the hours of 7am and 10pm when the lifeboats are launched in an emergency.

The move comes after the firing of maroons to signify the lifeboat launch was stopped several years ago.

It is hoped the sirens will help to clear the path for crew making their way to station, as well as alerting those in distress nearby that help is on the way.

Niki Tait, of Appledore RNLI, said: “The lifeboat slip and the beach are being increasingly used by holiday makers and it will help clear the slip quickly ready for launch.

“The estuary is getting busier with leisure boating, the sirens will help warn boats to keep out of the lifeboat’s way whilst on passage to a casualty.

“The RNLI is a central part of the community, the community itself want to know when there is a shout, and have been asking for a replacement for the maroons ever since they ceased being fired.”

The sirens will be tested on Saturday, January 17 at 11am and Sunday, January 18 at 3pm.