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Llandudno RNLI crew prepare for their new lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The planned arrival in Llandudno within the next few days of an RNLI Shannon lifeboat launch and recovery unit will herald a period of intense training activity for the resort's RNLI volunteers ahead of the arrival on station of their new Shannon-class lifeboat in September.

The RNLI's Scania-powered Shannon Launch and Recovery Unit

Nigel Millard/RNLI

The RNLI's Scania-powered Shannon Launch and Recovery Unit

During the coming weeks Llandudno's seagoing and shore crew RNLI volunteers will be undergoing comprehensive training in all aspects of the new lifeboat's operation and maintenance, working from the Craig-y-Don lifeboat station site. At the same time, Llandudno's current all-weather and inshore lifeboats will remain fully operational based at the existing Lloyd Street boathouse.

Training of operational personnel using the visiting relief launch and recovery unit at Craig-y-Don will take place from 10-14 July, whilst during the following week a unit maintenance course will be held for the station's mechanics.

From 24-28 July an RNLI relief fleet Shannon-class lifeboat is scheduled to visit, and this together with the launch and recovery unit will be used to provide 'live' experience of launch and recovery management for operations personnel.

In addition, during the coming months the station's volunteers will also be involved in gradually 'moving house' from Lloyd Street to their new boathouse at Craig-y-Don.

Notes to editors:

For further information contact Alan Sharp, RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.

Pics attached - The RNLI's Scania-powered Shannon Launch and Recovery Unit (please credit Nigel Millard / RNLI).

The RNLI's Scania-powered Shannon Launch and Recovery Unit

Nigel Millard/RNLI

The RNLI's Scania-powered Shannon Launch and Recovery Unit

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