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Incredible aerial footage of the arrival of Whitbys new Shannon class lifeboat.

Lifeboats News Release

The new lifeboat was welcomed into the harbour by a flotilla and waving crowds.

This footage has been kindly supplied by Whitby drone operator Delta Charlie Drones.

It captures the moment Whitby's new Shannon class lifeboat entered the harbour for the first time on Sunday 11 June.

The flotilla was led by the station's current all weather lifeboat, the Trent class George and Mary Webb.

We were also joined by Scarborough RNLI, Staithes RNLI, Runswick Bay Lifeboat, Whitby RNLI inshore lifeboat and lifeguard Jet Ski and William Riley the old rowing lifeboat.

Whitby Yacht Club and many of the town's pleasure boats also headed out to sea to greet the crew and join in on the occasion.

Whitby RNLI mechanic who brought the new lifeboat on passage from Poole said: 'It was very emotional to be joined by so many of the town's boating community, and special thanks to the lifeboat crew from our flanking stations Scarborough, Staithes and Runswick who joined us and made the occasion extra special.

We would also like to thank Delta Charlie Drones for kindly supplying this footage which is a unique angle of a moment in Whitby RNLI's history.'

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

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