The sun was shining on Selsey RNLI's naming ceremony today

Lifeboats News Release

Today sees the naming ceremony for the seventh D-class inshore lifeboat at Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Selsey RNLI's new inshore lifeboat - D827 Flt Lt John Buckley RAF

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Selsey RNLI's new inshore lifeboat - D827 Flt Lt John Buckley RAF

The boat arrives in the 50th anniversary year of the station operating this class of boat and will be named the D827 Flt Lt John Buckley RAF.

John Buckley – known as Jack – spent his life surrounded by ships and, after many years spend as equipment officer with the RAF, dealing with seafarers, developed a profound admiration for those volunteers on the lifeboat crews who risked all to save those in peril on the sea.

2018 has been a busy year for Selsey RNLI with 18 ILB shouts this year so far. The station received a new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat in July 2017 and with the addition of the new D-class, the waters around the Manhood peninsula are in safe hands.

Clive Cockayne, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Selsey RNLI, said, “It’s always a very special day when we receive a new lifeboat at Selsey. Knowing that we can provide the best possible lifesaving service to those around the coast fills us with pride. We are so grateful to the trust of Flt. Lt. John Buckley RAF for his bequest, and hope his family is comforted that his memory will live on with each launch from Selsey to rescue those in trouble on the water.”

Selsey RNLI's new inshore lifeboat - D827 Flt Lt John Buckley RAF

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Selsey RNLI's new inshore lifeboat - D827 Flt Lt John Buckley RAF
Selsey RNLI's new inshore lifeboat - D827 Flt Lt John Buckley RAF

RNLI/Julie Rainey

Selsey RNLI's new inshore lifeboat - D827 Flt Lt John Buckley RAF
Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station with all-weather lifeboat and new D-class inshore lifeboat

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Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station with all-weather lifeboat and new D-class inshore lifeboat

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