Peel’s new RNLI lifeboat arrives this weekend
The first Shannon class all-weather lifeboat to be stationed by the RNLI in the Isle of Man will arrive in Peel on Sunday 15 March 2020.
The £2.2 million Shannon is the most advanced lifeboat in the RNLI fleet. It is more manoeuvrable, safer, faster and has a greater range than the Mersey class lifeboat it replaces.
One of the key innovations of the Shannon is its jet propulsion system. With the usual propellers and rudders replaced by water jets the lifeboat can turn in its own length and stop almost instantly.
Peel RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Allen Corlett said:
‘The new lifeboat will be led to the seaward side of Peel Breakwater by our former lifeboat, Ruby Clery on Sunday at 1.35pm - a time that reflects its unique operational number 13-35’.
‘Subject to operational requirements, they will be joined by lifeboats from Port Erin and Port St Mary stations as well as our current Mersey class relief lifeboat, Mary Margaret. It will be a spectacular sight and a celebration for the Isle of Man, where the RNLI has its roots.
‘We hope our community of generous and enthusiastic supporters will join us in welcoming this new Shannon to Peel’.
The crew will demonstrate the lifeboat’s capabilities on the seaward side of the breakwater before inviting the public to have a closer look.
‘We are honoured that the RNLI has entrusted us with this new lifeboat which will improve the crew’s ability to save lives at sea. We are grateful for the dedication of fundraisers and the generosity of supporters who make it possible for crews here and around the UK and Ireland to have essential training and vital new equipment.’
There will be many more weeks of intense training for the volunteer crew before the new lifeboat can be put into service. Until then, the crew will continue to use the relief lifeboat Mary Margaret when responding to emergencies.
A formal ‘Naming Ceremony’ for the Peel Lifeboat is being planned for Saturday 27 June 2020, when it is expected renovations to the boathouse and slipway will be complete.
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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.