Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C

Search

Rescue crew ‘thrilled’ to secure new state-of-the-art lifeboat

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:15 29 June 2016

Prototype FCB2 Shannon class lifeboat in Poole Bay. Pic: Nathan Williams.

Prototype FCB2 Shannon class lifeboat in Poole Bay. Pic: Nathan Williams.

Nathan Williams

A new super-fast water-propelled lifeboat could be taking to the seas off Suffolk within the next five years.

Using water jets instead of propellers, the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat is up to 50% faster than the existing Mersey class lifeboat at Aldeburgh station.

Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat crew shared their delight at receiving news of the next generation all-weather lifeboat’s arrival, expected in 2021, following a recent routine review of coastal operations at the station.

The state-of-the-art lifeboat will replace Freddie Cooper, which came to the station in 1993, and is the newest in the RNLI’s all-weather fleet.

Steven Saint, coxswain at Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat station, 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% 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 Tyne class lifeboats, which are nearing the end of their operational lives.

1 comment

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague says she “continues to wait for the phone call” as the search for her son goes on.

Embryo transferring is ‘possible’ for Suffolk Punch horses to help increase breeding numbers.

A man accused of raping a woman after a night out in Lowestoft has claimed she told him she wanted a “threesome”, a court has heard.

Police are urging people to be vigilant after a woman in her 70s was the victim of rogue trader scam in Ipswich.

Police are appealing for information following a frightening incident in Thaxted where an 18-year-old woman was assaulted.

A man who helped pull a semi-conscious man from a building on fire has said he did not hesitate before going in.

A 25-year-old catering assistant at Colchester Zoo who sexually assaulted a schoolboy has been jailed for seven years.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24