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Shannon in action

Watch the Shannon prototype in action during her sea trials, and meet the people involved.

Video 1 of 6: 1 February 2013: We've reached our £5M fundraising target! Here's a thank you message from the team behind the Shannon.

Video 2 of 6: 5 September 2012: Dungeness Mechanic Trevor Bunney has been trialling the Shannon. He's looking forward to getting one on station, but there's a lot to learn …

Video 3 of 6: 3 July 2012 - Staff Coxswain Lee Firman tells us how the trials are going – and what the challenges have been so far.

Video 4 of 6: 3 July 2012 - Lifeboat Trainer Adam Lewis has been getting to grips with the Shannon prototype, ready to pass his knowledge on to the crews.

Video 5 of 6: 3 July 2012 - Launch and Recovery Trainer Mark Perry is impressed with the system we've got for getting the Shannon in and out of the water.

Video 6 of 6: 3 July 2012 - Principal Engineer John Deas gives us a lesson on how to launch and recover 18 tonnes of lifeboat.

Video 1 of 9: 19 September 2012 - A Shannon is split in two to be fit out. See how it's done in our timelapse video.

Video 2 of 9: 15 August 2012 - FCB2 Project Manager Chris Eves gives us a tour of the Shannon prototype. We explore the deck, upper steering position, wheelhouse and down below.

Video 3 of 9: 5 July 2012 -Time-lapse video of the prototype on trials in Dungeness, Kent.

Video 4 of 9: 29 June 2012 - The Shannon prototype has taken on some pretty big seas during her trials. See how the crew onboard coped with a rough ride.

Video 5 of 9: Wheelhouse view from Shannon prototype lifeboat on sea trials

Video 6 of 9: 25 April 2012 - See the prototype take on a force 8 gale.

Video 7 of 9: 12 April 2012 - More sea trials for our prototype – and it's a little choppier off the coast of Portland, Dorset. See our boat tow her big sister, the Tamar class lifeboat (at 32 tonnes, nearly double her weight).

Video 8 of 9: 2 March 2012 - Here's our first footage of the prototype at sea, having machinery trials in the Solent.

Video 9 of 9: 30 January 2012 - When an all-weather lifeboat capsizes, we need her to pop right back upright again. We turned the Shannon prototype on her head to see what would happen.

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