Selsey Lifeboat

Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication of the D Class Lifeboat - D-827 'Flt Lt John Buckley RAF'

Saturday 27th October saw guests arrive for the Naming Ceremony of our new 'D' class inshore Lifeboat.

The boat arrives in the 50th anniversary year of the station operating this class of boat and will be named the D-827 '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.

Michael Laurance, a long-time friend of John, handed the Lifeboat to the RNLI which was accepted by Mike Sturrock, RNLI Council Member. Tony Delahunty OBE, Deputy Launching Authority, then accepted the Lifeboat on behalf of the crew.

The service of dedication was led by Father Andy Wilkes, Selsey Lifeboat Station Chaplin. Al Rymer, Selsey Station President, the asked Mariette du Plessis to name the Lifeboat. After the traditional champagne was poured over the Lifeboats bow, Colin Pullenger, Senior Helmsman, delivered a vote of thanks and closed the ceremony.

The Lifeboat was then launched and gave the guests a short display before light refreshments were served in the boathouse. The Chichester City Band and the Selsey Community Choir provided the music.

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."

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