Fleetwood Lifeboat — the future

Shannon lifeboat taken by ProBoating.ru

Following a visit to the station last spring, by some of the RNLI’s top management, it has been announced that Fleetwood’s current All Weather Lifeboat – the Tyne Class William Street – will retire in 2015 when she will be 26 years old and be replaced by one the RNLI’s latest £2m, 25 knot All Weather Lifeboats.

This decision recognises the importance and necessity of the work done by our local volunteer lifeboat crew.
The new boat will be a “Shannon Class” and is a state of the art, 13m long fibreglass craft powered by two water jets. It will be equipped with SIMS (System and Information Management System), which allows crew members to monitor and operate many of the boat’s functions from the safety of their own seats. This replacement also guarantees the status of our station for many years to come. James Wilson, one of the youngest crew members said “This is great news for the station, for local folk and for the whole of the Morecambe Bay area. I am looking forward to all the training that the new boat will require”