Author: Carol Carter, Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer
Reference: SE 017 2009
Betty Battle pictured with lifeboats Betty Battle and Amanda, James & Ben
The latest ally in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s quest to save lives at sea will arrive at Hayling Island Lifeboat Station this week, in the form of a brand new inshore lifeboat.
The volunteer crew at the station welcomed the replacement Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to their station on Tuesday (February 24th), for a training period before she is officially placed on operation later the same week. However, soon after her first launch on Tuesday the new lifeboat was on service, tasked by Solent Coastguard to standby a yacht that had broken down off Selsey, which eventually made its own way into Chichester Harbour.