Llandudno RNLI's new lifeboat station receives its first lifeboat for training
Llandudno's brand new lifeboat station at Craig-y-Don received its first lifeboat on Wednesday afternoon (July 12) when the RNLI relief fleet Shannon-class lifeboat Cosandra arrived for a short stay.
The lifeboat's visit had been arranged largely to provide RNLI staff, station management and boat and shore crews with a foretaste of things to come when the resort's own new Shannon-class boat William F Yates arrives in September.
The Cosandra had arrived at Conwy Marina by road early Wednesday morning, and after refloating she left for a spell of crew familiarisation at sea, calling in at Moelfre before returning round Great Orme's Head to Craig-y-Don. She is expected to leave Llandudno on Thursday (July 13) and return to Conwy for further duty elsewhere.
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For further information please contact Alan Sharp, Llandudno RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.
The attached images, which should be credited to the RNLI, show:
- The relief lifeboat driving onto the shingle beach.
- The lifeboat being washed down after recovery onto the Supacat launch and recovery unit
- The relief Shannon lifeboat entering the new boathouse for the first time.
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