Arbroath lifeboat RNLB ‘Inchcape’ left town yesterday (Thursday) morning to begin its journey to RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset, for scheduled maintenance.
Her replacement for the eight to nine weeks the work will take is another Mersey-class boat, RNLB ‘Bingo Lifeline’ brought up from Ambleton to Montrose where the Arbroath crew picked her up on Tuesday night. There was a bit of drama on Wednesday when the dredger ‘Shearwater’, which is conducting dredging operations in the harbour, grounded on the lifeboat slipway.
However, lifeboat mechanic Allan Russell said that both local boats were fully operational at all times. He went on: “The inshore boat could be launched easily and the new boat, ‘Bingo Lifeline’ was actually in the harbour so could also get out to sea.” The dredger went aground at about 11.30 a.m. and had to wait for high water at about 8.30 p.m. before she floated off. She suffered no damage.