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Volunteers Rescue RNLI Lifeboat Station With Dura Grating Mini Mesh

By Stuart Burns October 9, 2013


Mersea Island is an unbridged tidal island lying just off the coast of Essex. It’s population of 6,500 includes four Dura Composites employees who wanted to help support the West Mersea Lifeboat Station. Its Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat plays a vital role in protecting the large numbers of commercial and leisure craft that use the waters surrounding the island and it is only through donations and support from the public that the station is able to launch lifeboats and carry out rescues.

Our volunteers devised a plan to replace the ageing wooden access decking and install the new Dura Grating Mini Mesh product that has been used throughout the RNLI network since 2001. Tom Bowman assisted by Andy Buckingham, Phil Wrigley and Steve Thomas used their spare time to ensure that the lifeboat crew had the safest decking surface on the market.

Martin Wade, Lifeboat Operations Manager at West Mersea Lifeboat Station commented: ‘We were very impressed by how quickly the job was completed, including removing the old walkway. Everyone who has seen it so far is very complimentary on the material used and the great improvement to our access.’

The new anti-slip highly durable fibreglass decking has transformed the safety of the access to the islands vital lifeboat station. The station welcomes visitors and is in a stunning location so why not come and see the result for yourself and enjoy the local area?

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