Launched! Llandudno RNLI's new lifeboat
The latest chapter in the 155-year history of the RNLI's Llandudno lifeboat station was opened today (Tuesday 15 November) when its new Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat was launched at the RNLI's Poole headquarters.
The £2.2M lifeboat, to be named in due course as RNLB William F Yates, has been built in the RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat Centre and will now complete fitting-out alongside the Poole facility.
She will then undergo rigorous testing of her on-board systems before commencing an intensive programme of sea trials.
During the coming months Llandudno's volunteer crew members will undergo comprehensive training on every aspect of the new lifeboat and her operation before bringing the boat to her new home at Llandudno next year.
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Attached pictures - please credit to 'RNLI/Nathan Williams'
1. The RNLI Ceremonial Bell is rung to mark the new lifeboat's first launch.
2. The Shannon class lifeboat about to enter her natural element.
For more information please contact Alan Sharp, RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.
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.