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An early Christmas present for Seahouses lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

On 18 October 2020 at 1.36pm (to match her hull number) Seahouses lifeboat crew sailed their new Shannon class lifeboat into Seahouses harbour.

RNLB 13-36 John and Elizabeth Allan


RNLB 13-36 John and Elizabeth Allan
A period of intense training began and today Wednesday 23 December 2020, the RNLI officially placed the Shannon Lifeboat RNLB John and Elizabeth Allan on service at Seahouses.

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.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton said: 'This is a proud day for the crew at Seahouses who have worked tirelessly to reach the stage where the RNLI were satisfied that the crew were competent to operate the new craft.

'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.'

RNLI Media contacts
For more information please contact Ian Clayton, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

RNLB 13-36 John and Elizabeth Allan arrival day

RNLI/Ian Clayton

RNLB 13-36 John and Elizabeth Allan arrival day
RNLB 13-36 John and Elizabeth Allan launching

RNLI/Ian Clayton

RNLB 13-36 John and Elizabeth Allan launching

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