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25 years and still going strong for Lil in Rhyl RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The all-weather lifeboat RNLB Lil Cunningham celebrated 25 years as station boat at Rhyl on 18th June 2017.

25th birthday 18/6/17

RNLI/Paul Frost

Rhyl Lifeboat 2014

The Mersey-class lifeboat has stood sentinel over the beaches and seas off Rhyl since 1992, saving hundreds of lives, and launching to all types of craft and vessels in her time. The lifeboat is launched on average over 20 times a year, as well as launching on fortnightly exercises and displays.

Her crew are rightly proud of their station boat, but they realise that in today's high-speed world, a boat which is capable of 15 knots is fairly slow. The crew were delighted that they have been allocated a new 25-knot Shannon-class lifeboat by the RNLI, which will replace 'Lil' by 2019.

However, the present time is the right time to celebrate a quarter-century of service to the North-East coast of Wales. 'Lil' will be launching at 10am on Sunday 25 June and the crew will wish her Happy Birthday on that day.

Paul Frost MBE, Deputy second coxswain says 'I remember seeing 'Lil' in Poole RNLI headquarters as we went for training on her, a week before she was sailed by the crew round the coast to take up station at Rhyl. Seeing her for the first time made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up with awe and pride!'

Rhyl crew photo 2018

RNLI/Paul Frost

Rhyl crew photo 2018
Flag Day 2009

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Rhyl lifeboat Mersey 12-24

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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