Staithes and Runswick RNLI crew say goodbye to neighbour of 27 years

Lifeboats News Release

Trent Class lifeboat 14-14 George and Mary Webb left the harbour of Whitby for the last time on the morning of 12 September 2023. Staithes and Runswick RNLI’s B class lifeboat and crew visited to say goodbye to the lifeboat which has served alongside Staithes and Runswick lifeboat for 27 years.

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Whitby's new Shannon Class, D Class, the departing Trent Class and Staithes and Runswick's B Class lifeboat leaving Whitby Harbour

Joining the relief fleet the Trent class lifeboat will continue to both train volunteer crews to save lives at sea and to save lives at sea where the lifeboat is required. After almost daily training on the Shannon class, which as part of the Launch a Memory campaign carries over 10,000 names on the bow, Whitby’s new boat was made operational at the station, thus replacing the George and Mary Webb.

Luke Hutchinson, Helm at Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat said of the occasion: ‘It was quite emotional to see the lifeboat we’ve been used to working alongside leave Whitby for the last time. We were lucky enough to have the Trent appear at our lifeboat weekend in August for its last visit whilst still at Whitby. We do get used to and grow fond of our lifeboats, but the provision of new lifesaving equipment and lifeboats, by the generous donations of others to stations, is something to be proud of.

‘We look forward to working alongside Whitby RNLI’s new Shannon class lifeboat, as we approach the RNLI’s 200th year and they embrace a new chapter of saving lives at sea.’

Notes to Editors

Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat has been in operation since 1978 with Atlantic B-Class inshore lifeboats (ILB’s). The present ILB at the station B-897 Sheila and Dennis Tongue III has been on station since 2016.

More information about the Launch a Memory campaign can be found by clicking here.

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Staithes and Runswick lifeboat crew say goodbye to Whitby's former Trent Class lifeboat

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