The All-Weather Mersey Class lifeboat ‘Lil Cunningham’ has been based at the boathouse on Lower East Parade, Rhyl since 1992. The RNLI is the charity running the lifeboat service and it relies wholly on public donations in order to provide a 24-7 lifeboat search and rescue service.
The D class lifeboat first introduced into the RNLI fleet in 1963, was designed to be launched quickly and easily so that it could provide a rapid response to a distress call with high-speed transit to the casualty. It is a fully inflatable craft built of a polyester material coated with ‘hypalon’– which is impact and abrasion resistant. The hull is divided into seven compartments so that, should one become punctured, the lifeboat will remain serviceable.
Godfrey and Desmond Nall, two kind-hearted Birmingham brothers had this lifeboat (D632) named in their honour after making a £15,000 donation to the RNLI charity.
This shot was taken at Rhyl in North Wales, a few moments later a Sea King helicopter joined the group
A Love of Boats
Lifeboat-A Love of Boats