Scarborough RNLI’s temporary shop is going places
For the last few months, Scarborough RNLI’s temporary shop has been positioned in front of the building site of the new lifeboat house.
Run by volunteers, it is scheduled to reopen on West Pier tomorrow (Saturday 16 April).
It will then be open from 10am-4pm daily until it transfers into the new lifeboat house.
RNLI Media contacts
For further details, ring Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.
Notes to editors
Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs is nearing the end of its operational life. It is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a Shannon class lifeboat.
Scarborough RNLI’s £2m Shannon lifeboat has been funded by donations from the FW Plaxton Charitable Trust.
The trust was set up following the death of Frederic ‘Eric’ Plaxton to ensure that the proceeds of his estate be applied to charitable purposes for the benefit of the inhabitants of Scarborough in memory of his father.
Frederick William Plaxton was the founder of Scarborough-based coach building firm Plaxton Ltd, and the new lifeboat will be named in his memory.
The Shannon lifeboat
• The Shannon lifeboat is the first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets and not propellers.
• Capable of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50% faster than the lifeboats it replaces – ensuring that those in need are reached even faster.
The following stations will also receive a Shannon class lifeboat: Amble, Douglas, Dungeness, Exmouth, Fleetwood, Hoylake, Ilfracombe, Llandudno, Lough Swilly, Lowestoft, Montrose, Skegness, Selsey, St Ives, Swanage, Wells and Workington. Other stations are yet to be confirmed.
Launch and recovery
• The Shannon needs a bespoke launch and recovery system. It is designed to be mostly launched and recovered from a beach, but can’t do it without the right launching equipment.
The RNLI worked with Supacat Ltd developing a system capable of launching and recovering the Shannon lifeboat from the beach at all states of tide.
• The total cost of the Supacat launch and recovery system is £1.5m. Scarborough RNLI’s Supacat will be part-funded by two legacies. An appeal raised the remaining £200,000. Any monies raised above the appeal target will be used for the general running cost of the lifeboat station.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.