VIDEO: New £2.7 million Mumbles lifeboat welcomed to Swansea
IT has cost £2.7million but the life-saving work it will carry out is priceless.
The crew of the Mumbles RNLI service welcomed home its brand new Tamar class boat to the city with a trip from Swansea Marina to the soon-to-be-finished lifeboat house in Mumbles.
The state of the art vessel will be patrolling the seas around Swansea and keeping people safe when the house is completed.
On the voyage crew member Andy ‘Badger’ Miles said the new boat would be a benefit to the crew — and those they help when they get into trouble.
He said: “It has been a long road.
“It is very exciting for us, the technological difference between this one and the old Tyne class is phenomenal.
“It is much safer for the crew and a new system called ARPA allows us to identify targets and casualties quicker.
“Having an inshore lifeboat in the boat as well makes it much more useable to us.
“It is a casualty care vessel, but compared to the old one it is in a different league.”
The new boat is named the Roy Barker IV.
Mr Barker left his entire estate to the RNLI when he died in 1992 and the new boat, which has a top speed of 25 knots, has helped to be funded by the memorial fund established after he died.
New technology allows crew members to control many of the boats systems from the safety of their seats.
These specialised seats have been designed to minimise the impact of rough seas on the crew as much as possible.
Coxswain Martin Double added: “It is absolutely superb.
“We can get to casualties quicker and it is much safer for us.
“The technology of the seats mean we don’t really feel the power of the waves as we used too.
“In the old boat there was truck seats, in this we have to be careful we don’t push the boat too hard as we aren’t feeling it.
“The plan is that hopefully the house will be ready by Christmas, which gives us enough time for everyone to get used to it.
“It is brilliant and good for everyone.”