Londoners-encouraged-to-keep-their-eyes-peeled-for-14-tonne-lifeboat

Byline: It’s big, orange, weighs 14 tonnes and can normally be found saving lives at sea off the coast of Arbroath in Scotland.
Page Content: But Londoners might spot a lifeboat on Thursday evening (19 September) travelling through the city en route to Hyde Park where it will feature in a spectacular event.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Mersey class all-weather lifeboat is due to travel through London on the M4 and onto the A4 going past West Drayton, Brentford, Hammersmith and West Kensington before reaching Hyde Park Corner, Park Lane and Marble Arch en route to Hyde Park. It is expected to travel through London from 7pm, arriving at the park around 8.30pm.

The lifeboat, named Inchcape, will be pulled by teams competing in the Big Lifeboat Pull event at Hyde Park between 10am and 2pm on Friday 20 September. Teams from a range of organisations will take turns to pull the lifeboat and lorry – with a combined weight of 37 tonnes – a quarter of a mile along the park in the quickest time possible, raising vital funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

The Big Lifeboat Pull will take place at the north of the park, near the Victoria Gate entrance, along North Carriage Drive.

Inchcape is normally based at Arbroath Lifeboat Station in Scotland. She will be carried on a lorry to Hyde Park from RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, after having a re-fit at the south coast town. She will then travel on to Arbroath Lifeboat Station after the Big Lifeboat Pull event has taken place to resume her lifesaving service.

Tim Robertson, RNLI Innovation Delivery Manager, said: ‘The Big Lifeboat Pull is going to be an amazing spectacle, with a huge RNLI lifeboat being pulled through the iconic setting of London’s Hyde Park.

‘This will be an event like no other and I would encourage anyone in the area on Friday 20 September to come and watch it take place. After all, how often will the people of London get the chance to see a bright orange 14 tonne lifeboat being pulled through one of the Royal Parks?

‘The participating teams are going to need to muster all their strength to pull the Mersey class lifeboat on a lorry for a quarter of a mile in the quickest time possible to win the event. So the teams will appreciate all the support they can get from members of the public who come along and cheer them on.

‘We’re asking anyone who sees the lifeboat on its journey from Poole to Hyde Park in London to Tweet us at @RNLI using #RNLIbigpull and tell us where you spotted it. Or, better still, why not Tweet us a picture of the lifeboat on its trip if you get the chance? If you cannot come and watch the Big Lifeboat Pull take place at Hyde Park, keep up to date with the event by following us on Twitter.’

The Big Lifeboat Pull provides a unique opportunity for people in London to come and see an operational RNLI all-weather lifeboat. These boats are based at lifeboat stations around the coasts of the UK and Ireland, so people based inland seldom get the opportunity to see these large, lifesaving vessels.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Roselyne Crowther, Public Relations Manager, on 01202 662218 or email Roselyne_Crowther@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk. 

Byline: It’s big, orange, weighs 14 tonnes and can normally be found saving lives at sea off the coast of Arbroath in Scotland.
Page Content: But Londoners might spot a lifeboat on Thursday evening (19 September) travelling through the city en route to Hyde Park where it will feature in a spectacular event.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Mersey class all-weather lifeboat is due to travel through London on the M4 and onto the A4 going past West Drayton, Brentford, Hammersmith and West Kensington before reaching Hyde Park Corner, Park Lane and Marble Arch en route to Hyde Park. It is expected to travel through London from 7pm, arriving at the park around 8.30pm.

The lifeboat, named Inchcape, will be pulled by teams competing in the Big Lifeboat Pull event at Hyde Park between 10am and 2pm on Friday 20 September. Teams from a range of organisations will take turns to pull the lifeboat and lorry – with a combined weight of 37 tonnes – a quarter of a mile along the park in the quickest time possible, raising vital funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

The Big Lifeboat Pull will take place at the north of the park, near the Victoria Gate entrance, along North Carriage Drive.

Inchcape is normally based at Arbroath Lifeboat Station in Scotland. She will be carried on a lorry to Hyde Park from RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, after having a re-fit at the south coast town. She will then travel on to Arbroath Lifeboat Station after the Big Lifeboat Pull event has taken place to resume her lifesaving service.

Tim Robertson, RNLI Innovation Delivery Manager, said: ‘The Big Lifeboat Pull is going to be an amazing spectacle, with a huge RNLI lifeboat being pulled through the iconic setting of London’s Hyde Park.

‘This will be an event like no other and I would encourage anyone in the area on Friday 20 September to come and watch it take place. After all, how often will the people of London get the chance to see a bright orange 14 tonne lifeboat being pulled through one of the Royal Parks?

‘The participating teams are going to need to muster all their strength to pull the Mersey class lifeboat on a lorry for a quarter of a mile in the quickest time possible to win the event. So the teams will appreciate all the support they can get from members of the public who come along and cheer them on.

‘We’re asking anyone who sees the lifeboat on its journey from Poole to Hyde Park in London to Tweet us at @RNLI using #RNLIbigpull and tell us where you spotted it. Or, better still, why not Tweet us a picture of the lifeboat on its trip if you get the chance? If you cannot come and watch the Big Lifeboat Pull take place at Hyde Park, keep up to date with the event by following us on Twitter.’

The Big Lifeboat Pull provides a unique opportunity for people in London to come and see an operational RNLI all-weather lifeboat. These boats are based at lifeboat stations around the coasts of the UK and Ireland, so people based inland seldom get the opportunity to see these large, lifesaving vessels.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Roselyne Crowther, Public Relations Manager, on 01202 662218 or email Roselyne_Crowther@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.