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HRH The Princess Royal to officially name new Dungeness RNLI Shannon lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Date: 23/05/2014
Author: Tim Ash

Volunteer lifeboat crew members at Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Station will proudly show off the latest class of RNLI lifeboat to The Princess Royal this month when she presides over its official naming ceremony.

Princess Anne will visit the Kent lifeboat station on Saturday 31 May when the station hold a dedication and naming of the The Morrell lifeboat.

The Morrell arrived at Dungeness lifeboat station in February where she was greeted on the beach by a crowd of people, including RNLI crew members, volunteers and staff, their friends and families, supporters of the charity, members of the public, and journalists keen to cover the momentous occasion.

Since being officially placed on service at the station she has been launched on three rescues, including:

  • Assisting a 42ft yacht with yacht with gearbox failure while on passage from Dover to Eastbourne with two persons on board.
  • Going to investigate reports of a yacht transfer vessel drifting in the sea – it turned out to have a lone angler aboard who wasn't in danger.
  • Helping the crew of a fishing boat with steering problems off the coast of Dungeness

Dungeness' Shannon class lifeboat, The Morrell, and its launch and recovery system were entirely funded by an extremely generous legacy left by Mrs Barbara Morrell, from Bromley in Kent. The lifeboat has been named in memory of Mrs Morrell, her late husband Stanley, her brother-in-law Cyril and her sister-in-law Patricia.

Jackie Simmons was a close friend of Mrs Morrell, who passed away in 2009 aged 95, and was an executor of her will. Jackie, who will also be at the ceremony, said she was looking forward to being at the official naming and service of dedication alongside such an esteemed guest as Princess Anne: 'I was there on the beach with hundreds of supporters in February when she arrived, and that was a sight to behold. I was really proud to see the results of my close friend's legacy: I am sure Barbara would be delighted that Princess Anne will get to see the lifeboat in action.'

The Princess Royal will meet the volunteer lifeboat crew and fundraisers, as well as watch a demonstration of the Shannon being launched, doing an exercise, and the its dramatic beaching on the shore.

The Shannon, the latest class of lifeboat in the charity's fleet, is capable of 25 knots, making her 50% faster than the lifeboat she replaced. She has increased manoeuvrability and features water jet engines, allowing the volunteer crew to operate in shallower waters.

The visit and naming ceremony takes place on Saturday 31 May at Dungeness RNLI lifeboat station in Kent.

Notes to editors

  • Photographs from the naming ceremony will be available from the RNLI after the event – please contact Tim Ash or James Oxley.
  • Any media wishing to attend the lifeboat naming ceremony are asked to contact Tim Ash or James Oxley to confirm their attendance in advance. Any media wishing to attend on the day without prior notice will be required to show identification.

RNLI media contact

  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
  • 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
  • 0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789