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All Weather Lifeboat
Tyne class lifeboats serve the shores of the UK as a part of the RNLI fleet. They are named after the River Tyne in north-east England. The class was introduced in 1982, and the last boat was built in 1990.
The unusual design of this lifeboat derives from the requirement to deploy from slipway stations built for previous generations of lifeboats, with limited clearance.
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IB1 (Inshore Boat 1)arrived on station 15th July 2004, over the coming weeks all ILB crew will come to terms with the new inshore lifeboat. To the untrained eye there aren't that many changes, to crew the improvements on a design which is now over 40 years old are impressive and will mean a significant change to the way they respond.
The new boat will mean faster response times to emergencies, the top speed has been increased from 20 Knots to 25 Knots.
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