Llandudno welcomes RNLI Lady
Newly-arrived in Llandudno is the RNLI relief fleet lifeboat Lady of Hilbre now on station in the resort whilst Llandudno RNLI's own boat Andy Pearce is away at Falmouth undergoing a partial refit.
Lady of Hilbre was stationed at Hoylake from 1990 to 2014, when she was replaced by a new Shannon-class lifeboat and transferred to the relief fleet.
The lifeboat takes her name from the group of tidal islands off Hoylake and West Kirby in the Dee estuary. During her long service at the Wirral station she took part in numerous demanding search and rescue missions in Liverpool Bay and the Mersey and Dee.
Built in Cowes, her construction cost of £500,000 and was funded by a successful public appeal in Merseyside and Wirral.
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The attached picture: Lady of Hilbre is washed down by Llandudno RNLI's volunteer crew following her arrival in the resort.
For further information please contact Alan Sharp, Llandudno RNLI 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, 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.