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RNLI Lifeboat Station Appeal

Having a lifeboat on the Dart is a huge benefit to all river users.  Dart Harbour work very closely with the RNLI, who have just launched an appeal for funds for their new lifeboat station.

Dart RNLI is one of the busiest lifeboat stations in Devon, on call to emergencies in the Dart Estuary all the way up to Totnes and out to sea. Facing fast-moving water, constant traffic on the river, a tidal estuary, and coastal conditions like swell and exposure to the elements, the lifeboat crew respond to all kinds of rescues. But they can’t do it alone.

These brave volunteers rely on the generous support of caring people like you. Their current station is a temporary building at the end of its lease and, to continue saving lives, they need your help to fund the £1.2M cost of their new lifesaving home.

Dart’s new station location, Ferry View House, was the original lifeboat station established in the 1800s – so today’s volunteers will be returning to the place where their lifesaving story began.

At the current, temporary lifeboat station, the crew launch their D class lifeboat by driving it a quarter of a mile across a park that can get very muddy and two main roads – it’s not an easy task. Your kind donation today will help shave precious minutes off launch times as the new building is directly opposite a slipway – crucial when lives are on the line.

You can give the Dart volunteers the lifesaving home they deserve. Your kind donation will help them return to a purpose-built station with all the proper facilities. You’ll be part of the crew, helping to save every one around Devon’s coastline for decades to come.

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