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Shannon class lifeboat confirmed at Anstruther after successful station trials

Lifeboats News Release

In May 2016, the RNLI revealed that the all-weather lifeboat at Anstruther Lifeboat Station will be upgraded to a Shannon class lifeboat. The Shannon, capable of speeds of 27 knots, is the latest design by the RNLI and the most agile in the fleet.

Following this announcement, the next step was to conduct operational trials of the Shannon and the Supercat tractor and carriage on location in Anstruther. These trials were conducted this week on Wednesday 8 June.

It was particularly important to test the operational limits of the new launch and recovery system in the challenging environment of the deep mud of the outer harbour. Pushing the rig to its limits provided valuable information on how the Shannon might best be launched and recovered in the future.

This was the first time the launching rig had been brought to Anstruther and so the operational trials also provided an excellent opportunity for the volunteer crew of Anstruther Lifeboat Station to see the new equipment in action.

Anstruther Lifeboat Station remained fully operational throughout the trials, with the relief lifeboat Lifetime Care kept afloat and ready to respond 24/7 if required.

Station Coxswain Michael Bruce said ‘after 25 years working with the Mersey class Kingdom of Fife, it is a real honour for us at Anstruther to be part of the upgrade to Shannon class lifeboat in the coming years. This week was a great opportunity for us all to learn about the changes needed to hold the state-of-the-art equipment here at Anstruther and has allowed myself and the crew to see first-hand the changes the RNLI are making in allowing us the current technologies to further strengthen our capabilities and aim to save lives at sea’.

The trials were deemed a huge success and it’s now over to the RNLI project team to plan the next stage of this exciting development.​​

RNLI media contacts: RNLI Anstruther volunteer lifeboat press officer, Martin Macnamara, on 07969 773075,

Or RNLI Anstruther volunteer deputy lifeboat press officer, Rebecca Jewell, 07825 813211,​

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