Seahouses RNLI begin training for new lifeboat
Monday 2 March 2020 saw Seahouses Lifeboat Station begin final training for the arrival of their new Shannon class lifeboat in May this year.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton said: 'This will be a busy time for both shore and boat crews, with RNLI trainers on station. It is essential that the crew are trained to a high level, to ensure safe operation of this complex equipment. These are exciting times, as we look forward to the arrival of our new lifeboat and the start of a new chapter of lifesaving at Seahouses.'
The photographs show the new lifeboat being launched at Poole, and undergoing sea trials which were a complete success, as well as the new SLARS (Shannon Launch and Recovery System) at Seahouses lifeboat station.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.