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First call out for new Seahouses Shannon class lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

At 12:59 on Tuesday 25 May 2021, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses all-weather lifeboat, to assist a North East Ambulance Crew to reach a patient on Holy Island.

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses Shannon class lifeboat
The causeway was closed owing to hide tide.

The Seahouses all-weather lifeboat crew were paged for launch at 1:01pm, and the lifeboat launched to await the ambulance crew, who arrived at Seahouses at 1:35pm

They were transported to Holy Island, where the local Coastguard Rescue Team transported them to the patient’s location. The patient was treated and did not require hospitalisation. The ambulance crew were then transported back to Seahouses and their ambulance vehicle.

This was the first call out for the new Seahouses Shannon class lifeboat, after a very unusually quiet start to the year, possibly due to the pandemic lockdown situation. The new vessel reached the island in approximately half the time of its recently retired predecessor Mersey class lifeboat, and performed extremely well.

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