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A very poignant moment for two of Craster RNLI station volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

The Craster Lifeboat escorted the latest Launch a memory Shannon class lifeboat north past Craster, as she made her way to her new home in Anstruther.

The bow of Shannon Class lifeboat at sea, in the background Dunstanburgh Castle

RNLI/Andrew Cowan

Lifeboat 13-47 heading north, The ruins of Dunstanburgh Caste in the distance.

This was a very special moment for two of the charity’s volunteers and their family.

Craster RNLI crew member Tim Curtis and wife Carolyn a fundraising volunteer for Craster, both shed a tear as the new Launch a memory Shannon class Lifeboat 13-47 headed north

The new Shannon lifeboat was on passage from Poole to Anstruther lifeboat station. Carolyn’s late Grandfather’s name, Ray 'Jack' Brown is on the side along with the other RNLI supporters remembering their loved ones

Carolyn said: 'My grandfather's name being on the hull of the Anstruther lifeboat is very fitting. Born on 11 October 1928, Scotland was his favourite place and until his passing on 16 December 2013 he was a lifelong supporter of the RNLI, also a keen coastal and sea fisherman.'

A crew of four launched the Craster lifeboat, D Class D839 James Ballard in a fresh south westerly wind. Tim was on the helm and they headed south to meet lifeboat 13-47 with Lifeboat Press Officer Andy Cowan, ready to capture photographs of the charity’s new lifeboat with the beautiful Northumberland coast and the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

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For more information please contact RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Andy Cowan: [email protected]

Full side shot of The bow of Shannon Class lifeboat at sea, i

RNLI/Andrew Cowan

Lifeboat 13-47 passing Craster harbour, being escorted by Craster Lifeboat D838

RNLI/Andrew Cowan

Lifeboat 13 47 east of Craster heading to Anstruther, she will replace the Mersey Class Lifeboat
Side shot of Lifeboat 13-47 passing East of Dunstanburgh Castle

RNLI/Andrew Cowan

Lifeboat 13-47 passing Dunstanburgh Castle

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