This covers the period of the Atlantic class lifeboats launched from a carriage plus new capability from the Hovercraft
1973 The all weather lifeboat was withdrawn from service and the station became an inshore lifeboat (ILB) station. An Atlantic 21 B class lifeboat became operational on 19 May.
1974 Silver Medals were awarded to Coxswain Edward Brown and Crew Member Robin Middleton, and Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum to Crew Members Clifford Downing, Alan Boult and Ian Campbell for rescuing three men from the fishing vessel E.B.H.
1975 The figure of 100,000 people rescued by the RNLI was reached when the ILB rescued a 13-year-old boy from a rubber dinghy. A Framed certificate to mark the occasion was presented by the boy, Stuart Nixon, to the station.
1976 The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Edward B Brown for a search for the yacht Annalivia.
1982 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman Edward B Brown and the Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum to Crew Member Michael Jones for rescuing two crew from the yacht Ocea.
1988 The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Anthony Clare and Framed Letters of Thanks to Crew Members Geoffrey Prince and Anthony Jones for rescuing the three crew from the yacht Samsal on 6 October 1987. The crew were also awarded the Ralph Glister Award for the most meritorious service carried out in a lifeboat under 10 metres in 1987.
1990 A new boathouse was built for the Atlantic 21 lifeboat and launching tractor and also provided a souvenir sales outlet and improved crew facilities.
1994 The following awards were made after a car had plunged through the railings at Egremont: Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum to Crew Members Michael Jones and Tony Clare; Framed Letters of Thanks to Crew Members Neil Jones and Barry Shillinglaw and Shore Helper Tony Jones.
1995 For landing and resuscitating an unconscious man in rough seas the following awards were made: The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum to Helmsman Michael Jones; Framed Letters of Thanks to Crew Members Howard Jones, Neil Jones and Michael Haxby, and the crew of the private rescue service boat County Rescue, Richard Finlay and John Goodwin. 1996 An Atlantic 75 lifeboat, B-721 Rock Light, named after the lighthouse at the entrance to the River Mersey, was placed on service on 9 January.
2000 After an unconscious man was recovered from the sea early on Christmas morning 1999 the Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Michael Jones for helming the lifeboat at the very limit of the operational capabilities of a B class lifeboat. A collective Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Crew Members Barry Shillinglaw, Paul Wright and Howard Jones. Eight shore helpers received a collective Letter of Appreciation from the Director, and the Station Honorary Secretary received a Letter of Appreciation from the Chief of Operations.
2005 The inshore rescue hovercraft, H-005 Hurley Spirit, was placed on service. This is the RNLI’s fifth hovercraft and was donated by Mrs Kay Hurley MBE. The hovercraft works alongside the ILB covering the many areas around the coastline where a conventional lifeboat cannot operate.
2010 Atlantic 75 ‘Rock Light’ is replaced by our current craft – Atlantic 85 B-837 ‘Charles Dibdin’ – the naming ceremony was conducted outside the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton on 24th July 2010.
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