Hunstanton’s Spirit of West Norfolk lifeboat is having its first major re-fit since it was bought following a hugely successful Lynn News campaign.
The Atlantic 85 rescue craft arrived at the town’s RNLI lifeboat station in 2011 after Lynn News readers raised the £136,000 needed to buy it in just 16 months.
Since its arrival four years ago, the lifeboat has launched 54 times for a number of lifesaving rescues.
Station press officer Geoff Needham said when the station’s hovercraft launches are also taken into account, there have been a total of 89 launches since the new lifeboat arrived.
He said: “No lives have been lost during this period and credit for that must go to the rapid response by the crews.
“They have saved several people’s lives and proved that the reopening of the RNLI station in 1979 has been of great benefit to the area, helping to keep our coastal waters safe.
“All the launches were made possible by the generosity of the people of West Norfolk.”
The Spirit of West Norfolk lifeboat was loaded up ready for its extensive re-fit at the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset, at the end of last month.
The re-fit will include removing the engines and blasting the hull for a thorough clean, electrical upgrades and any necessary repairs.
The station has received relief boat, B-835 Martin Harvey, while the work is carried out, which is expected to take about eight to ten weeks to complete.