RNLI Skegness welcomes relief lifeboats, ensuring uninterrupted lifesaving
Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Station is pleased to announce that two relief lifeboats from the RNLI fleet have temporarily joined the station while it's regular lifeboats undergo routine maintenance and servicing.
The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat Storm Rider (13-04) has stepped in for
Joel and April Grunnill (13-17), while the D class inshore lifeboat Barbara Anne Bennett (D-826) is covering for
The Holland Family (D-842). Both of Skegness' lifeboats are currently located on the Isle of White for their regular check-ups.
Storm Rider has been part of the relief fleet for over nine years since it joined in 2014. Likewise, the Barbara Anne Bennett has been providing crucial backup for over five years since 2018.
RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Paul Simpson, says: 'The resilience of our relief fleet is paramount to the safety of our waters. When our local lifeboats require servicing or repairs, we can always count on the RNLI relief fleet to step in. This ensures that, regardless of circumstances, our patch will always have the appropriate level of lifeboat cover. It's reassuring to know that no matter what happens, our lifeboats are still available and lives can still be saved.'
The relief fleet is strategically located around the UK and Ireland, ready to provide cover at any of the 238 lifeboat stations. Their state of readiness ensures that even when regular lifeboats are away for maintenance, there's no gap in the lifesaving service provided by the RNLI.
Notes to editors
- The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
- Skegness RNLI is based on Tower Esplanade, Skegness. The lifeboat station was founded in 1825 and the volunteer crew use an inshore D class lifeboat The Holland Family and as well as an all-weather Shannon class lifeboat the Joel and April Grunnill.
- Currently both lifeboats are relief lifeboats as the Skegness lifeboats are in for repair or regular servicing. The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat Storm Rider (13-04) has stepped in for Joel and April Grunnill (13-17), while the D class inshore lifeboat Barbara Anne Bennett (D-826) is covering for The Holland Family (D-842).
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