New lifeboat is next generation and will help save lives at sea

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A CUTTING-edge lifeboat could soon be saving lives off the south coast.

The RNLI at Selsey is being allocated one of the latest Shannon class all-weather lifeboats.

This will replace the existing Tyne class within the next five years following sea trials.

Roger Browell, spokesman for Selsey lifeboat station, said: ‘The Tyne class, though continuing to serve Selsey and the RNLI well, has been overtaken by newer designs with greater capability and improved technology.

‘This new lifeboat has been designed in-house by RNLI naval architects who have harnessed cutting-edge technology to ensure the new lifeboat meets the demands of a 21st century rescue service and allow the charity’s volunteer crew to do their lifesaving work as safely as possible in all weather conditions.

‘The next few years will be an exciting period for Selsey lifeboat station.’

Every year there are around 200,000 commercial shipping movements in the Selsey area.