Dungeness has not only acquired a new lifeboat but the first of a new breed of craft. Not propeller driven the new 'Shannon' Class boat ('The Morrell') is powered by water jets. Not only does this increase the speed by 50% but, having no props to damage, means it can operate in shallower waters and can be driven straight onto the beach.
The new craft arrived last Friday to a lot of media attention and this week is being subjected to sea trials and crew training.
I still cant upload pictures but a full report and some video clips can be viewed on the Dungeness (RNLI) website.(see link)
A reminder for non UK visitors to this site – the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) operates solely from public donations. There are lifeboat stations around the UK coast line and crews are predominantly from local fishermen in the local area. No matter what the weather or the risks involved in putting to sea to save lives – they will always respond to a shout – and they DO NOT get paid. A worthy cause and donations always welcomed!. And this particular boat was purchased from funds left in a £6 million legacy gift by a Mrs Barbara Morrell, after whom the craft has been named. Fantastic!