Today (Tuesday 25 September) the RNLI will reveal its latest and most advanced class of lifeboat that will shape the future of lifesaving for the next 50 years – the Shannon class. The Shannon is the first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets, not propellers, and capable of 25 knots the Shannon is 50% faster than the lifeboats it replaces – ensuring that those in need are reached even faster. The charity will need to build over 50 new Shannons within the next ten years to replace the older classes of lifeboat. Once the newly designed Shannon class is rolled out, all RNLI all-weather lifeboats will be capable of 25 knots.
The lifeboat launched to assist three young people reported cut off by the tide at the North end of Newgale beach. RNLI volunteer crew member Vivienne Grey said: “Sometimes people forget just how quickly the tide comes in, you can be cut off in a few minutes, always be aware of the state of the tide.” Read more on the RNLI website…
2011 saw RNLI lifeboats launch 8,905 times around the coast of the UK and Ireland, rescuing 7,976 people. Last year was the second busiest for launches according to RNLI records. Read more on the RNLI website…
Members of the public are invited to attend The RNLI annual lecture, held in conjunction with the University of Southampton, on Wednesday 30 November 2011 at 6pm. This year’s lecture, ‘Testing Times: the role of trials and testing in marine safety’ will be delivered by eminent guest speaker Dr Ian Dand FREng.
With two lifeboats afloat and a stand jam-packed with sea safety advice, children’s activities, and a shop, the RNLI will be offering visitors to this year’s Southampton Boat Show a chance to find out more about the charity’s lifesaving work on stand B9.
Ahead of the August bank holiday weekend, with many people likely to enjoy a visit to the coast, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards are urging people to put safety first.
This safety reminder comes ahead of what is traditionally a very busy weekend for the charity’s volunteer crews, who are on-call 24/7, and its lifeguards, who are this year patrolling more than 160 beaches. Last year, the RNLI saw an increase in its rescue activity over the long weekend, compared with the previous year’s August bank holiday.