George Thomas Lacy Swanage Shannon Class

THE volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew at Swanage welcomed their new Shannon Class on April 8, 2016. The George Thomas Lacy was the first Shannon Class lifeboat to be put into service in Dorset. Named for the late Mr George Lacy, who left a legacy for the use of the RNLI in the county in his will.

RNLI mechanic Dave Turnbull was at the helm as the new craft arrived. Mr Turnbull said: "We're really getting to know the new lifeboat and there's a vast difference. Our Mersey class, which has served us so well, is based on design which is around 30 years old, so you can imagine how much the technology and design have moved on. That said, despite the amount of technology involved, in many respects the new lifeboat is simpler to work with, as well as being quicker, more comfortable, and above all, safer."

The Shannon Class are all fitted with Durowipers Windscreen Wipers, known for their durability, performance in extreme conditions and longevity.

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