New Lifeboat has arrived at Lytham St Annes RNLI

Taken by Greg Wolstenholme

The Shannon class, Barbara Anne lifeboat has arrived at Lytham St Annes RNLI.

The boat, which cost £2.1m, made its entrance this weekend in front of a large crowd. She has been named after Barbara Anne Cameron Roberts who lived in Aldershot, Hampshire, and bequeathed the majority of her estate to the charity.

It is said to be bigger, faster and has the potential to save more lives than ever before.

Gary Bird, Station Coxswain said: ” It allows us to get into shallower water where people might be in difficulties… because it is water jet and not propellers, it’s a lot faster, so it’s virtually twice the speed of our present boat”.

After further crew training, the Barbara Anne will take over from the station’s Mersey Class lifeboat, that her Majesty the Queen has looked after in the Ribble Estuary since 1999.

Bird added: “The rest of the shortfall was made up locally through station and local fundraising”.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, is the charity that saves lives at sea and a 24 hour search and rescue team all over the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Taken by Greg Wolstenholme
Taken by Greg Wolstenholme
Taken by Greg Wolstenholme