St Ives RNLI officially welcomes new Shannon class lifeboat
Volunteers at St Ives RNLI Lifeboat Station held a joint naming ceremony and service of dedication for their new Shannon class lifeboat Nora Stachura and the launch and recovery system Kenneth George Fulford yesterday (Sunday 15 May).
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â€¢ A selection of photos from the ceremony are attached. Credit is in the title.
â€¢ The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet and the first to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers. Measuring just 13m in length and weighing 18 tonnes, the Shannon is the smallest and lightest of our 25-knot lifeboats â€“ itâ€™s our most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet.
â€¢ The Shannon class lifeboatâ€™s launch and recovery system acts like a mobile slipway for the vessel, which can be driven directly onto the beach for recovery. It can drive straight into big surf and safely launch the lifeboat in up to 2.4m of water.
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