Dorset launch for 'best lifeboat in world'
The newest addition to the RNLI’s fleet – which it describes as the ‘best lifeboat in the world’ – was launched in Dorset yesterday.
The Shannon class is the most advanced craft of its type and uses water jets rather than propellers to reach speeds of up to 25 knots.
Among the first to receive the new multi-million pound crafts, which come with a £1 million recovery vessel designed in Devon, will be Swanage in Dorset and Ilfracombe in North Devon.
Leigh Hanks, mechanic and deputy coxswain at the North Devon port, said the whole crew were excited.
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“It will be brilliant, everyone is looking forward to it,” he said.
“We’re all keen to get on with it now. We are looking forward to doing the training and all having a go in the new Shannon.”
Mr Hanks said he was convinced the high tech and high specification Shannon would enhance their work.
“There is a high level of computer control and it will mean that every crew member has a screen in front of them which they can access everything on the boat.”