By Audlem Webteam - 1st April 2012 7:00am
With the centenary of the Titanic disaster this month, there comes news of a tightening of lifeboat regulations for all vessels.
The huge loss of life when the Titanic hit an iceberg in April 1912 was due in large part to insufficient lifeboat provision.
Successive UK Governments have been working on a new Safety on the Water Code of Practice (SotWCoP) ever since which has been published today.
This has resulted in passenger boats as small as Audlem Lass now having to carry, or if too small, tow a lifeboat.
Audlem Lass‘ new lifeboat, still awaiting its livery and the installation of the legally-required bells and whistles, has just been delivered and can be seen attached to the Lass at the Overwater Marina pontoon.
A spokesperson for OffSure, the regulatory agency that will enforce lifeboat provision under SotWCoP, said: “It’s taken a longer time than initially planned in 1912, but we believe all who sail the oceans, seas, rivers, canals, lakes, streams, brooks (burns in Scotland) and ponds of the world in UK registered vessels of any size will welcome this new regulatory regime which comes into force today.”
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
URGENT — Assistance RequiredMy parents live on a narrow boat and can be frequently seen in Audlem, so people may even know the hat! They often help fellow boaters and I would really appreciate support form the community.My Dad lost his hat on Wednesday 11th July in Market Drayton at around 10am.It's a cream Trilby/Panama style, with a black band with lots of badges around the brim...
Judy has let us know that the dog has happily been reunited with its owner.Michelle Gultekin sent this in:This old lady was found wandering the village at 8.15pm yesterday. She is with Judy at the newsagents, being looked...
Adam LovattIt is now two weeks since my husband Adam's Funeral and only eight weeks since his Tragic and Senseless Death.I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our fantastic neighbours, customers and friends in Audlem who have wrapped us in a blanket of Support, Compassion and Love since Adam's death. Too many people to name, but you know who you are and we simply could not...
Tuesday 17th Jul
Monday 16th Jul
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes
4,Hayfields Grove, off Moorsfield Avenue
Audlem Car Park