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Swanage RNLI’s Shannon lifeboat moved into boathouse as station nears completion

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Swanage RNLI’s Shannon all-weather lifeboat is now housed in her new boat hall on a permanent basis, as the building project for the town’s new lifeboat station nears completion. It’ll be a busy start to 2017 for the crew at Swanage as they prepare to move into their new boathouse.

Swanage RNLI’s new lifeboat station is currently the charity’s only station where a Shannon class lifeboat is launched down a slipway. The lifeboat George Thomas Lacy has been moved into the boathouse several times over the last few months to protect her from the rough winter weather conditions, and last week she was moved into the boat hall permanently. Video footage here shows her launching down the slipway for the first time during trials.

Building work on the new station began in spring 2015 and since then the crew have been housed in temporary accommodation near the site. The new station includes a crew changing room, a fully-equipped crew training room, mechanics workshop, office space and two separate boat halls for the inshore and all-weather lifeboats.

The volunteer lifeboat crew plan to start moving their equipment into the new building in the New Year.

Captain Neil Hardy MBE, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, says all the crew are very much looking forward to moving into their new home: ‘Anybody who has seen the building recently will know that it is getting close to completion, and now the scaffolding has come down people can get a real feel for the new building. There are still many tasks to do before the building becomes an operational lifeboat station, and these will be carried out in the New Year. We will of course keep the local community updated on progress as I’m sure many people are looking forward to getting a closer look.’

Last month, the Shannon class lifeboat George Thomas Lacy launched down her new slipway for a shout for the first time ever. The first launch happened on Tuesday 29 November at 2.30pm when both Swanage RNLI lifeboats were tasked to assist the Coastguard and police in the search for a missing person. The lifeboats carried out a shoreline search from Ballard Down to the southern end of Studland beach. Four crew members were also put ashore at Old Harry Rocks to search the base of the cliff. After an extensive search and no further information, the lifeboats were stood down, returning to station at 4.50pm.

Notes to editors

Please see attached a photo of the George Thomas Lacy in her new boat hall. Credit RNLI/Swanage.

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Swanage RNLI lifeboat in her new boathall


Swanage RNLI lifeboat in her new boathall

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