Media Invite details:
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) newest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, will arrive at Exmouth lifeboat station in Devon on Friday 9 May 2014 at 1pm.
The Shannon is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, making it the most agile all-weather lifeboat in the charity’s fleet. The lifeboat’s water jets not only ensure it is the RNLI’s most manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat, but they also allow the Shannon to reach casualties in harder to reach places and in shallower waters.
Capable of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50% faster than the current Mersey Class lifeboat it will replace – meaning casualties will be reached quicker.
The media event will run from 9.30am, with the new lifeboat due to arrive by sea in the Exe estuary at 1pm. Media will be able to carry out interviews and tour the RNLI’s Relief Fleet Shannon class lifeboat, the Jock and Annie Slater, before the station’s Shannon lifeboat, R and J Welburn arrives at 1pm.
The event at Exmouth lifeboat station on Friday 9 May will provide media with the opportunity to:
• See the Exmouth Shannon, R and J Welburn, arrive at the lifeboat station accompanied by Exmouth lifeboats: Mersey class Margaret Jean and D class George Bearman; Torbay Severn class lifeboat, Alec and Christina Dykes and Teignmouth Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, The Two Annes.
• See R and J Welburn perform a variety of manoeuvres, demonstrating its agility
• Benefit from extremely close filming/photography opportunities, with the Shannon being operated in the sea just metres away from the media’s location on the beach
• See R and J Welburn being launched and recovered onto the beach by its bespoke launch and recovery system
• Go on board the Relief Fleet Shannon, Jock and Annie Slater afloat on Exmouth Marina between 9.30 and 11.30am on the day
• See the Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLARS) on Exmouth beach, which the community helped raised £150,000 towards
• A variety of interview opportunities will be available from designated station volunteers.