Fleetwood's new Shannon class lifeboat arrives
The £2.2M state-of-the-art lifeboat, named Kenneth James Pierpoint, arrived by sea at 1.14pm – or 13.14hr, which is the operational number of the new lifeboat. This followed a five day journey from the lifeboat charity’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset, which gave the Fleetwood RNLI crew on board time to familiarise themselves with the vessel., ,
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 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.