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New lifeboat to patrol the Broads

PUBLISHED: 14:33 13 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:39 02 July 2010

Hayley Mace

Volunteers acting to save lives on the Broads have received their new lifeboat in time for the busy summer season.

Volunteers acting to save lives on the Broads have received their new lifeboat in time for the busy summer season.

The new £31,000 lifeboat, called the Jean Ryall, arrived at the South Broads lifeboat station in Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft, on Sunday to replace the 12-year-old vessel, Lord Kitchener.

The Jean Ryall is powered by a 50hp outboard motor, making it more responsive and able to tow larger vessels and reach emergencies faster and further from the station within the lifeboat's 100 square mile patch.

Keith Wood, lifeboat operations manager, said: “It is with great pleasure that we as a station take delivery of this much awaited new boat, our station has proved since its setting up to be a major facility that all of the emergency services and the public can call upon.”

As well as providing fast transport for the volunteer crew, the new lifeboat has a first aid kit, oxygen, VHF radio, GPS and an anchor locker.

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