Aldeburgh RNLI volunteers welcome new lifeboat in official naming ceremony
Lifesavers at Aldeburgh RNLI Lifeboat Station were joined by special guests for the official naming ceremony of their new lifeboat on Saturday 10 June.
The new D-class inshore lifeboat was named Susan Scott’after the donor that provided the funds for the new lifeboat.
Sue Scott is well known to the RNLI having already generously donated money to pay for essential equipment and crew kit at Aldeburgh RNLI Lifeboat Station. The official naming ceremony was attended by Sue herself and the boat was blessed by the local vicar.
Since the Susan Scott went on service on 3 May she had already been called out four times up to the day of the naming ceremony, and will continue to save lives at sea and in the local river.
The lifeboat replaces the old D-class inshore lifeboat Christine.
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