Chance to see Southwold lifeboat in action

Southwold RNLI station with its new lifeboat named the Annie Tranmer out at sea.Picture: James Bass

Southwold RNLI station with its new lifeboat named the Annie Tranmer out at sea.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Southwold lifeboat day will take place tomorrow.

The crew of the town's lifeboat the Annie Tranmer will be showing what the vessel can do during sea rescue demonstrations off Southwold beach from 11am and off Dunwich beach from 3pm.

They will also be joined by an RAF Sea King helicopter, operation permitting.

During the demonstration, some of the Southwold crew will be acting as mariners who have abandoned a fishing boat and boarded a six-man raft and set off flares to attract attention.

Once recovered, the seamen will be transferred to a moving all-weather lifeboat before returning to Southwold harbour and the lifeboat station, which will be open to visitors all day.

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A lifeboat has been stationed in Southwold for 150 years. Currently there is a volunteer crew of 19, including a builder, three chefs, an airline pilot, two carpenters, a doctor, a publican, an electrician, and three wind farm workers.

Their boat the Annie Tranmer is a B Class Atlantic 85 self-righting rigid inflatable boat, which cost £204,000 and was funded by the Annie Tranmer Charitable Trust. She has a top speed of 35 knots, carries a crew of four and can take up to 22 survivors and a casualty on a deck stretcher.

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During the day there will also be a sand castle competition on the beach below the Sailors' Reading Room from 11am to 3pm.

Entry costs £5 for teams of four up to 14 years old and with prizes for the top three entries. Competition sponsors Suzie's Beach Café will also give an ice cream to every entrant.

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