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RNLI Open Day For New Swanage Lifeboat Station

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8:39am 13th July 2013

Swanage RNLI are launching a special appeal today to raise funds for a new lifeboat station.

To mark the occasion they're opening up to the public today to give you a chance to meet the crew and go onboard their latest lifeboat.

The RNLI need to raise £200,000  for the new lifeboat station to be built over the next two years.

It will house a Shannon Class all weather lifeboat - which will be 50 % faster than the one they currently have.

The original station was built in 1875 for £525.

You can go along up until 4 o'clock this afternoon to find out more about the appeal.

Neil Hardy is the volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Swanage;

'Today marks the start of an exciting time for the charity's volunteers at Swanage. Our Mersey class, Robert Charles Brown has already given us 21 years of service and we are very proud of her. However, the new Shannon class will offer improved speed and manoeuvrability thanks to updated design techniques and water jet propulsion. Funding for the Shannon has been met, with two legacies providing the majority of the £1.5 million required. We just need to help raise the funds needed for the new lifeboat station in which she will be housed, and this project begins in earnest right now as we launch this appeal and head in to the 2013 summer season at Swanage. '

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