New lifeboat is perfect Christmas present for Hastings RNLI

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Hastings RNLI lifeboat station will receive a new state-of-the-art lifeboat to replace to replace its current 26-year-old model it has been announced today (Friday, December 4),

Reacting to one of the most important events in the station’s history, volunteer lifeboat crew at Hastings RNLI were delighted to receive the news that they will be allocated a state-of-the-art Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, set to replace Sealink Endeavour which first came to the station in February 1989.

The Shannon class lifeboat is the newest in the RNLI’s all-weather fleet and is the first to be powered by water jets rather than traditional propellers.

It is the most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet and has been designed entirely in-house by a team of RNLI engineers who have harnessed the latest cutting-edge technology to ensure the lifeboat meets the demands of a 21st century rescue.

The news was confirmed in a letter from George Rawlinson, RNLI operations director, to Peter Adams, lifeboat operations manager at Hastings. Peter said: “We are all thrilled to hear the exciting news that we will be receiving a Shannon class lifeboat.

“With a top speed of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50 per cent faster than the Mersey we currently have on station which will help us get to casualties quicker when we get called out.

“The Shannon will come with a custom built carriage and launch system which will enable us to launch quickly to those in peril at sea.”

Across the RNLI, the Shannon lifeboat will gradually replace the Mersey and the Tyne class lifeboats which are nearing the end of their operational lives.

The RNLI’s plans for the Shannon’s arrival date at Hastings are not yet confirmed and are subject to change.

To find out more about the Shannon class lifeboat please visit http://rnli.org/aboutus/lifeboatsandstations/lifeboats/Pages/shannon.aspx

For more pictures and video footage go to: Hastings-RNLI-to-receive-Shannon-class-lifeboat.aspx

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