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Amazing footage shows dolphins swimming with Whitby RNLI's new Shannon lifeboat.

Lifeboats News Release

The dolphins joined the crew for their annual flag weekend display.

Paul Wilson caught this magical footage of the dolphins swimming alongside Whitby's Shannon class lifeboat Lois Ivan and D class inshore lifeboat.

Whitby's Shannon class lifeboat, Lois Ivan, is a Launch a Memory lifeboat, bearing the name of over 10,000 loved ones on the letters and numbers on the lifeboats bow.

Whitby RNLI Coxswain Howard Fields said: We are blown away by the support shown to us at this year's flag weekend, we've totted up the total funds raised and it has just reached £7177.

As the charity that saves lives at sea we are extremely grateful to everyone who made a donation over the weekend and we hope that they enjoyed meeting the crew and seeing the lifeboat display'.

The weekend also included a highly successful lifejacket clinic with RNLI Water Safety officer Geoff Cowan. The clinic, which took place in the Marina car park saw a huge footfall and Geoff reported that out of 31 lifejackets checked 20 had out of date auto capsules and seven had corroded cylinders.

He said: 'These figures show the importance of learning how to check and maintain your lifejacket. These small checks can mean the difference between your lifejacket functioning - it could save your life.'

For more information on how to check your lifejacket visit

Station manager Barry Brown said: 'We couldn't have asked for a better flag weekend this year, the weather stayed dry, and it was wonderful to meet so many of our generous supporters. I would also like to thank our hardworking team of fundraisers who work so hard to support the event.'

for more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]


Footage captured by Paul Wilson of Dolphins swimming with Lois Ivan.

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