The sun was shining on Selsey RNLI's naming ceremony today
Today sees the naming ceremony for the seventh D-class inshore lifeboat at Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station.
The boat arrives in the 50th anniversary year of the station operating this class of boat and will be named the D827 Flt Lt John Buckley RAF.
John Buckley – known as Jack – spent his life surrounded by ships and, after many years spend as equipment officer with the RAF, dealing with seafarers, developed a profound admiration for those volunteers on the lifeboat crews who risked all to save those in peril on the sea.
2018 has been a busy year for Selsey RNLI with 18 ILB shouts this year so far. The station received a new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat in July 2017 and with the addition of the new D-class, the waters around the Manhood peninsula are in safe hands.
Clive Cockayne, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Selsey RNLI, said, “It’s always a very special day when we receive a new lifeboat at Selsey. Knowing that we can provide the best possible lifesaving service to those around the coast fills us with pride. We are so grateful to the trust of Flt. Lt. John Buckley RAF for his bequest, and hope his family is comforted that his memory will live on with each launch from Selsey to rescue those in trouble on the water.”
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.