Eyemouth RNLI’s new Shannon class lifeboat was officially named Helen Hastings on Saturday 1 June 2019.
The ceremony took place at the charity’s lifeboat station at Gunsgreen Quay Eyemouth to a packed crowd who were entertained by singers and a brass band whilst hearing from the Hastings family and the RNLI.
The Shannon lifeboat arrived in Eyemouth last December to a warm welcome from crowds and supporters.
Helen Hastings, who lived in Stocksfield, Northumberland, greatly admired the bravery and selflessness of lifeboat crews and she also knew the importance of legacies to the RNLI, through which 6 out of every 10 lifeboat launches are only possible.
On her passing, Helen left the majority of her estate to the RNLI and Shannon class lifeboat 13-29, was named ‘Helen Hastings’ in her memory.
The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet. She’s the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making her our most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet.
Designed entirely in-house by a team of RNLI engineers, the RNLI harnessed cutting-edge technology to ensure this new lifeboat meets the demands of a 21st century rescue service.
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