An early Christmas present for Seahouses lifeboat crew
On 18 October 2020 at 1.36pm (to match her hull number) Seahouses lifeboat crew sailed their new Shannon class lifeboat into Seahouses harbour.
The old lifeboat, Mersey Class RNLB Grace Darling was then retired as the station lifeboat. She could either become a relief (spare) lifeboat, or be sold out of service.
Former lifeboats have been sold as pilot boats, harbour work boats, and some have become lifeboats elsewhere in the world.
'The advanced technology, speed and increased range of the new lifeboat will enhance the station’s life saving ability, and we all look forward to continue training on the new lifeboat as well as now being able to use her to respond to operational rescue incidents.'
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.