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Lifeboat station may use launch tractors similar to Burnham's
tractors to those used to launch Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's
lifeboats from the town's beach, pictured below, may be used in
Weston-super-Mare as well.
the end of September inspectors from the RNLI visited the existing
Weston lifeboat station, based on Birnbeck Island, and noted a
number of repairs were needed. These include urgent work to maintain
the slipway used to launch the lifeboats from the boathouse.
the cost of these repairs and the uncertainty surrounding the
future use of Birnbeck Pier means that, in the interest of using
the publics donations effectively, the RNLI has looked at
alternative launch venues in Weston.
a stopgap measure, Weston's Atlantic class lifeboat will be based
at the yacht club in the River Axe at the other end of Weston
Bay, and a temporary station will be built there to house the
craft over the winter.
use of the launch tractors was successfully trialled at Anchor
Head. These tractors are able to push the lifeboats out over the
mud flats in Weston using specially designed carriages and would
increase the availability of the Atlantic class lifeboat over
the low spring tide.
Holder, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Weston, said: "Whilst
the long term future of Birnbeck Island is considered, and the
RNLI looks at all the practical options available, the Atlantic
75 class lifeboat will operate from the River Axe. The D-Class
lifeboat will remain at Birnbeck Island."
availability of both lifeboats, and their impressive response
time of 8 minutes, will not be affected by this new operating
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