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Skegness is getting a new lifeboat earlier than planned thanks to a large donation by a volunteer who spent 45 years working for the RNLI.
Skegness is getting a new lifeboat earlier than planned thanks to a large donation by a volunteer who spent 45 years working for the RNLI. Joel Grunnill died last year.
Coxswain John Irving worked with Joel Grunnill for many years and explains what a difference the new Shannon class lifeboat will make to Skegness when it arrives in 2016.
Former trawlerman Andy Lyne was determined to become a lifeboat man but at 33 stone he was too big for the Flamborough inshore lifeboat. Andy, 31, who has now lost 19 stone so he can fulfill his ambition said: "When I was at sea we had to be helped a few times,now I want to help other people.”