We're delighted to announce that practical completion was achieved in early March for the new RNLI Selsey lifeboat station, and the RNLI is now moving in to the new building. 

Their state-of-the-art all weather lifeboat (ALB) is currently under construction and due for delivery to Selsey later in the year, when an official opening ceremony and launch will be held. 

On Saturday 1st April at 11.00am, the Selsey lifeboat Voluntary Worker will launch for the last time from the old boathouse before its demolition. 

Selsey RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Max Gilligan, gives us a potted history of the Selsey station: 

"In 1958 the RNLI decided to build a new boathouse and slip way at a cost of over £75,000. The 110 metre gangway was built using steel and timber decking and the boathouse was reinforced concrete with a steel slipway on concrete piles. The boathouse became operational in April 1960 and was officially opened by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon three months later. During the 57 years three different classes of lifeboats have operated from the boathouse, and several other lifeboats have launched from the station whilst on relief duties. Since 1960, Selsey lifeboats have launched from the current boathouse 972 times and assisted more than 850 people."

"The new building will house both the inshore lifeboat and the new Shannon class lifeboat which will replace the Tyne class. The Shannon class is designed to be launched from the beach by a state of the art launch and recovery rig. Both the Shannon lifeboat and launching rig are due to arrive later this year, so after Voluntary Worker launches on 1st April it will be moored off Selsey and still be the operational lifeboat until it is replaced by the Shannon."

To find out more about how you can support the Selsey crew to continue to save lives at sea, visit the Selsey Lifeboats website to view their forthcoming fundraising events. You can locate your nearest station using the national RNLI website, where you can also learn how to keep yourself and others safe in the water. 

The Reside team would like to extend thanks to the RNLI, the Selsey crew and the local community for their continued support throughout the project.