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Byline: The first of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) newest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, will arrive at Dungeness lifeboat station in Kent on Friday 21 February 2014.
Page Content: The Shannon is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, making it the most agile all-weather lifeboat in the charity’s fleet. The lifeboat’s water jets not only ensure it is the RNLI’s most manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat, but they also allow the Shannon to reach casualties in harder to reach places and in shallower waters.

Capable of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50% faster than the lifeboats it will replace – meaning casualties will be reached quicker.

The media event will run from 11.30am, with the new lifeboat due to arrive by sea at Dungeness at 1pm. Media will be able to carry out interviews and tour the RNLI’s Relief Fleet Shannon class lifeboat, the Jock and Annie Slater, before the station’s Shannon lifeboat, The Morrell, arrives at 1pm.

The event at Dungeness lifeboat station on Friday 21 February will provide media with the opportunity to:
• See the Dungeness Shannon, The Morrell, arrive at the lifeboat station
• See The Morrell perform a variety of manoeuvres, demonstrating its agility
• Benefit from extremely close filming/photography opportunities, with the Shannon being operated in the sea just metres away from the media’s location on the beach
• See The Morrell being launched and recovered onto the beach by its bespoke launch and recovery system
• Go on board the Relief Fleet Shannon, Jock and Annie Slater, inside the lifeboat station
• A variety of interview opportunities will be available, including:
  o Members of the Dungeness lifeboat crew
  o Peter Eyre, RNLI Senior Engineer, who designed the Shannon’s unique hull
  o Senior members of staff from the RNLI’s Operations and Engineering teams
  o Jackie Simmons, a close friend of Mrs Barbara Morrell, whose extremely kind legacy funded Dungeness’ Shannon class lifeboat

Notes to editors
• To book your place at this media event, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email luke_blissett@rnli.org.uk.

• Due to the uneven and rugged shingle terrain, the fast moving tides and the anticipated high number of media attending the event, we are unable to offer the opportunity for media to go afloat on the Shannon at Dungeness on Friday 21 February. However, members of the media may be able to go afloat on a Shannon class lifeboat on Tuesday 11 February at RNLI HQ, Poole. Content from this day will be embargoed until 00.01am on Friday 21 February 2014. To request the opportunity to go afloat on the Shannon on this date, please contact Luke Blissett on the above details.

• Any media that attend this event at Dungeness should wear suitable clothing/footwear. The shingle beach at Dungeness is very uneven and to go aboard the Dungeness Shannon you may have to climb up a ladder.

Byline: The first of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) newest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, will arrive at Dungeness lifeboat station in Kent on Friday 21 February 2014.
Page Content: The Shannon is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, making it the most agile all-weather lifeboat in the charity’s fleet. The lifeboat’s water jets not only ensure it is the RNLI’s most manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat, but they also allow the Shannon to reach casualties in harder to reach places and in shallower waters.

Capable of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50% faster than the lifeboats it will replace – meaning casualties will be reached quicker.

The media event will run from 11.30am, with the new lifeboat due to arrive by sea at Dungeness at 1pm. Media will be able to carry out interviews and tour the RNLI’s Relief Fleet Shannon class lifeboat, the Jock and Annie Slater, before the station’s Shannon lifeboat, The Morrell, arrives at 1pm.

The event at Dungeness lifeboat station on Friday 21 February will provide media with the opportunity to:
• See the Dungeness Shannon, The Morrell, arrive at the lifeboat station
• See The Morrell perform a variety of manoeuvres, demonstrating its agility
• Benefit from extremely close filming/photography opportunities, with the Shannon being operated in the sea just metres away from the media’s location on the beach
• See The Morrell being launched and recovered onto the beach by its bespoke launch and recovery system
• Go on board the Relief Fleet Shannon, Jock and Annie Slater, inside the lifeboat station
• A variety of interview opportunities will be available, including:
  o Members of the Dungeness lifeboat crew
  o Peter Eyre, RNLI Senior Engineer, who designed the Shannon’s unique hull
  o Senior members of staff from the RNLI’s Operations and Engineering teams
  o Jackie Simmons, a close friend of Mrs Barbara Morrell, whose extremely kind legacy funded Dungeness’ Shannon class lifeboat


Notes to editors
• To book your place at this media event, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email luke_blissett@rnli.org.uk.

• Due to the uneven and rugged shingle terrain, the fast moving tides and the anticipated high number of media attending the event, we are unable to offer the opportunity for media to go afloat on the Shannon at Dungeness on Friday 21 February. However, members of the media may be able to go afloat on a Shannon class lifeboat on Tuesday 11 February at RNLI HQ, Poole. Content from this day will be embargoed until 00.01am on Friday 21 February 2014. To request the opportunity to go afloat on the Shannon on this date, please contact Luke Blissett on the above details.

• Any media that attend this event at Dungeness should wear suitable clothing/footwear. The shingle beach at Dungeness is very uneven and to go aboard the Dungeness Shannon you may have to climb up a ladder.