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Unique video footage of new Sheerness Shannon arrival

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Sheerness RNLI are beginning their first full week of training on their new lifeboat following the arrival of the station’s new state of the art Shannon lifeboat last week.

After a long delay, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the £2.2 million self-righting lifeboat, Judith Copping Joyce, is now on station alongside the out-going Trent class lifeboat, The George and Ivy Swanson and the station’s D-class lifeboat Buster.

Unique footage featuring all three lifeboats, taken during the Shannon’s arrival, has now been released by the RNLI. The video shows the new Shannon lifeboat, bedecked in flags and bunting, being escorted along the coast on its arrival in Kent.

The George and Ivy Swanson, which has served the station for the last 26 years, will continue protecting local waters for a few weeks yet while the volunteers complete their training on the Shannon. Once done the new lifeboat, which was designed in-house by the RNLI, will become operational.

Fore more details see:

RNLI Media contacts:

Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 / [email protected] or [email protected]

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 [email protected]

The new Sheerness Shannon 'Judith Copping Joyce' arriving in Kent.

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The new Sheerness Shannon 'Judith Copping Joyce' arriving in Kent.

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