At Burry Port RNLI we currently run two Lifeboats, an Atlantic 75 ‘Leicester Challenge II’ which is part of RNLI’s B-class fleet and the smaller D-class boat ‘Diane Hilary’.
The Atlantic 75 was kindly donated to us by the people of Leicester and Leicestershire and is the latest addition to Burry Port station. Our D-class vessel was kindly donated by ‘David Cole’ known to the crew as ‘Dai Midlands’. Mr Cole and his family are regular visitors to us through out the year even though himself and his family live such a distance away.
Burry Port Lifeboat’s
Past and Present Lifeboat’s
Above: Atlantic 75 ‘Leicester Challenge II’
B-777 2014 - Present
The D-class also known as IB1 has been at our station since it re-opened in 1973. Introduced to the RNLI in 1963 this class of Lifeboat has continued to evolve for nearly 50 year’s . It has been the work horse of the RNLI’s fleet and is renowned for it’s manoeuvrability, ability to work in confined spaces, shallow waters and surf this class of vessel will go places that other bigger Lifeboat’s are unable to reach.
Launch type: Trolley or davit. (Trolley at our station).
The Atlantic 75 introduced to the RNLI in 1993 is the smaller of the two in the B-class fleet measuring 7.5m in length which is 1m shorter than the Atlantic 85. The A75 just like the D-class is highly manouverable and it to can work close to shore, in surf and near rocks. It is constructed as a rigid inflatable.
Launch type: Carriage, davit or floating boathouse.
Displacement/load: 1.6 tonnes.
Max speed: 32 knots.
Fuel capacity: 182 litres.
Range/endurance: 2.5 hours.
Construction: Hull – polyester glass-reinforced fibre, with marine plywood stiffening.