Eyemouth Shannon class lifeboat to be named Helen Hastings

Lifeboats News Release

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat station are pleased to announce that their new Shannon class lifeboat will carry the name, Helen Hastings.

RNLI/Martin Macnamara

RNLB Helen Hastings

Helen, who lived in Stocksfield, admired the bravery and courage of the lifesaving work carried out by all RNLI volunteers. Helen knew that the RNLI relied upon voluntary donations and upon her passing in 2016, left the majority of her estate to the RNLI, with the request that a lifeboat be built and named after her, so that the crews could continue to save many more lives.

RNLB Helen Hastings will be officially launched in September, following which she will undergo around 7 weeks of acceptance trials in advance of her arrival in Eyemouth in December.

The crew at Eyemouth lifeboat are extremely grateful to Helen Hastings and look forward to ensuring her legacy is honoured for years to come.

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