Newhaven RNLI have temporarily exchanged their resident Severn class 17-21 for one of the charity's newest class of lifeboats, the Shannon class 13-40 ‘Eric’s Legend’. The Shannon will be on service from Newhaven while the ‘David and Elizabeth Acland’ receives some scheduled TLC in Poole.
The Shannon class is packed with technology. Shannon lifeboat's are propelled by water jets, rather than propellers. This allows the Shannon to operate in shallow waters and to be intentionally beached.
Lewis Arnold, Coxswain, says: ‘The water jets allow the Shannon to be extremely manoeuvrable, which is pronounced when operating alongside a casualty vessel or navigating around hazards.’
Crew comfort scores highly on this boat! Shannon's have shock absorbing seats, which protects the crew from impact when powering through the waves.
Newhaven RNLI’s crew have been training on the Shannon, refreshing skills and getting to know the new class of boat.
‘Our volunteers give everything they can to ensure we stay on service and ready to help when we are needed. Turning skills to a different lifeboat has been a fun education for the team and the Shannon’s gained some supporters here.’
Newhaven’s volunteer crew launch to save lives at sea. But there is another crew here, vital to ensure we can rescue people in need. Volunteer fundraisers, visits officers and shop volunteers support us by raising vital funds to keep us afloat.
We need new volunteers for 2023, could you join our lifesaving crew and help us to save everyone we can?
Notes for the Editor
• TLC - tender loving care
• ALB - All-weather Lifeboat
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