Videographer captures lifeboat hoist at town boatyard

RNLI lifeboat hoisted into mid-air in Wisbech

Graham Cooke captured the moment a RNLI lifeboat was hoisted onto a lorry at Crab Marsh Boatyard in Wisbech. - Credit: Graham Cooke/Drone People

A videographer captured the moment a RNLI lifeboat arrived in the Fens before being hoisted and shipped away to the south coast. 

Graham Cooke from the Drone People was invited to film the 13-17 lifeboat from Skegness arriving at Crab Marsh Boatyard in Wisbech, before leaving for Poole for a service on April 6.

“The 13-17 came in on Saturday and left for Poole after being loaded onto the lorry,” he said. 

Graham filmed the moment the vessel was hoisted onto a lorry at the Yacht Harbour, owned by Fenland District Council, before setting off for Dorset in the afternoon. 

Lifeboat arrives at Wisbech boatyard

A RNLI lifeboat arrived at Crab Marsh Boatyard in Wisbech before being hoisted onto a lorry. - Credit: Graham Cooke/Drone People

The six-minute video also shows a 360-degree view of the process as the lifeboat arrived in Fenland, but shooting the footage was not as easy as it seems. 

Graham said: “It’s a great place to be if you’re interested in boats and shipping, although great care should always be taken whilst being around boatyards and the water.” 

A Harbour Authority spokesman said: “The marine service team have been working with the eastern region of the RNLI for a trial period of utilising the Crab Marsh Boatyard as a service base for the fleet of RNLI vessels located on the east coast.  

Skegness lifeboat arrives in Wisbech

The RNLI lifeboat arrived in Wisbech from Skegness before being hoisted onto a lorry as it made its way to Poole in Dorset. - Credit: Facebook/Crab Marsh Boatyard

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“The trial has worked very well and we look forward to welcoming more of the eastern region RNLI fleet into Wisbech to use the Crab Marsh Boatyard.” 

A spokesperson from the RNLI added: “The RNLI would like to thank the Wisbech Harbour Authority in accommodating our request to lift the Skegness lifeboat on to road transport and for accommodating the exchange with the relief lifeboat.  

RNLI lifeboat shipped from Wisbech to Poole

The RNLI lifeboat arrived in Wisbech before being hoisted onto a lorry and taken for a service in Poole, Dorset. - Credit: Facebook/Crab Marsh Boatyard

“Everything went to plan and we have received nothing but positive feedback on the facility and look forward to developing our relationship with the Crab Marsh facility for the use of changing the RNLI fleet for maintenance.” 

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