Charles Francis, Elisabeth Oarten, Cea Francis and Tom Francis siblings

New Hastings lifeboat unveiled in honour of mother and son’s shared love of the sea

The Hastings RNLI’s new inshore lifeboat was named over the weekend to honour a man who had ‘a great love for the sea’.

The D-835 Richard Francis was named, on Saturday afternoon, after Richard Francis, who died from cancer 40 years ago at the age of 21. To read more, click here.

Future crew and family member of the Francis clan with the crew at Hastings
Future crew and family member of the Francis clan with the crew at Hastings
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family members and future crew who attended the ceremony
family members and future crew who attended the ceremony
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Family and key digniatries at the naming of the Richard Francis
Family and key digniatries at the naming of the Richard Francis
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Elizabeth Oaten sister to Richard Francis after whom the boat was named
Elizabeth Oaten sister to Richard Francis after whom the boat was named
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