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The Lizard RNLI build and boat bulletin – number 13 – Monday 7 February 2011

Date: 07/02/2011

Author: Tamsin Thomas, Divisional Media Relations Manager

The Lizard Tamar class all-weather lifeboat comes out of the paint facility at Babcock Marine in Plymouth (Credit RNLI)

A new year has dawned and there are ever growing signs of a successful new chapter in the life of The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station. The new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat that will be stationed at Kilcobben Cove is now resplendent in her RNLI livery, and there’s every chance that the frame of the new boathouse will begin to go up in the next month.

The new all-weather lifeboat is being fitted out at Babcock Marine in Plymouth and has now come out of the paint facility in the distinctive orange and blue colours of the RNLI. She bears the numbers 16-20 on her bow. 16 signifies that she is a Tamar class of 16 metres in length and 20 reflects that she is the twentieth Tamar that the RNLI has built.

A team from The Lizard have already been to visit the lifeboat, including Coxswain Andrew Putt, Mechanic Dan Atkinson, Station Chairman Mike Lord and RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ned Nuzum who says they were all very impressed:

‘Our visit was an extraordinary experience to say the least. Watching Andrew and Dan step aboard her for the first time was a powerful moment that I certainly won’t forget. The standard of work on our lifeboat is superb and she looks extremely smart in her RNLI colours with her gleaming white hull. On the day we visited the gearboxes and generator had already been installed, and the engines were waiting ready to be lifted into place.

‘Pre commissioning training for the crew will begin in July with a lot for everyone to learn about our new lifeboat and its state of the art systems, but I know all will rise to the challenge. Then we hope slipway trials will happen in early August.’

In the meantime Kilcobben Cove is a hive of activity where two huge concrete deliveries are bringing to an end the construction of the extension slabs to each side of the main foundation. This will form the ground floor of the new boathouse. The north side will house the new fuel tank system while the south side will support the training room, shore crew room, store, winch motor room and the Lifeboat Operation Managers office.

The cradle on which the lifeboat will rest when she is in the boathouse is also in place now and a temporary cover is to be placed over this area before the frame for the new building is erected. This cover is needed so specialist machinery can be used to help in the construction of the frame. At present Bam Nuttall have eight construction staff on site and 15 trades’ people.

Mike Lord, RNLI Station Chairman at The Lizard, says excitement is mounting:

‘It’s fair to say that once the frame starts to go up the area will begin to look less like a construction site and more like a boathouse. This is extremely encouraging to those of us who are working to raise funds for the new lifeboat and for those who have already been generous in their support for our appeal. We have been delighted with the response to our appeal so far and are closing in on our target thanks to the generosity of so many. Now for one big push to finish the job in time for our new lifeboat to arrive, and then it really will be time to celebrate!'

To find out more about The Lizard lifeboat station, visit the station website at


RNLI notes to editors

• The attached photographs are as follows:

*The Lizard Tamar class all-weather lifeboat emerges from the paint facility at Babcock Marine in Plymouth resplendent in her RNLI colours.

*The Lizard RNLI team of (from left to right) The Lizard Station Chairman, Mike Lord, Mechanic Dan Atkinson, Coxswain Andrew Putt and Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum onboard the new lifeboat.

*The overall scene at Kilcobben Cove showing the new slabs to each side of the main foundation and the new slipway reaching out into the sea.

*A close up of one of the slabs to the side of the new lifeboat station.

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