'Historic' arrival of new Workington lifeboat

The new lifeboat. Credit: RNLI

The arrival of a new £2 million lifeboat in Workington has been called an "historic moment" by the RNLI.

The boat contains "advanced technology" to help save lives, and is 50 per cent faster than the previous vessel, meaning the lifeboat volunteers will be able to reach people in danger much more quickly.

The vessel has been part-funded through a "generous donation" from Dorothy May White, and will take her name.

Funding also came from The Sir John Fisher Foundation and an RNLI fundraising appeal which launched in June 2016.

The arrival of our new Shannon Class lifeboat has been much anticipated and it promises to be a truly historic occasion. It would not have been possible without the phenomenal support that our fundraising appeal received from the local community and businesses and indeed from people far and wide. >

Tim Chittenden, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Workington