Children to choose name for new RNLI lifeboat14/08/2012 - 15:16:13
Children can suggest names for one of the first new style of lifeboats being used by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The charity has launched a competition to name a Shannon class lifeboat, its most advanced all-weather lifeboat (ALB).
It will be put into service as a relief boat and will be used at any lifeboat station throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland when needed.
The Shannon class is the first of the modern generation RNLI all-weather lifeboats to run on water jets instead of propellers. The change means it will have increased manoeuvrability in the water and enable more efficient sea rescues. It is capable of 25 knots, and is the smallest and lightest of the charity’s new generation ALB. It is designed to be launched and recovered from a beach or to lie afloat.
Chris Eves, project manager for the Shannon class lifeboat, said: “This is the first time that we have ever offered the naming of a lifeboat as a prize. Traditionally RNLI lifeboats are named by a donor who has kindly given money to the charity, so this competition really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I think the most exciting part of this competition is that the lifeboat could be in service for up to 50 years, this prize is something that will be cherished for a lifetime.”
To enter the competition, children need to be members of Storm Force, the RNLI’s junior membership club, for children aged seven to 11. Annual membership costs €10.50.
The competition closes on September 7. For those wishing to join Storm Force and enter the
competition, they need to join by August 24 at www.rnli.org.uk/stormforce or by calling 0044 300 300 9907.
To enter the competition visit www.rnli.org.uk/shorething and search for competition.
The winner will be announced on January 16, 2013.
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