RNLI stations in the westcountry are set to receive new lifeboats which are twice as fast as the ones being replaced. Both Ilfracombe and St Ives will benefit from the boats, which are the organisation’s most advanced class of vessel.
‘The Shannon’, as it is known, is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets, not propellers, and can reach speeds of up to 25 knots
The charity will need to build over 50 new Shannons within the next ten years to replace the older classes of lifeboat.
The boat should improve the safety and welfare of the charity's volunteer crews, thanks to its shock absorbing seats and computer monitoring and operating system.
The charity estimates that the 50 plus Shannons will rescue over 56,000 people and save the lives of over 1,500 in its lifetime.
The Shannon class is expected to make up almost a third of the RNLI's all-weather lifeboat fleet.
See footage of The Shannon here.