Inishowen’s Lough Swilly RNLI is to receive the first 2.4 million euro Shannon class lifeboat in Ireland.
The lifeboat is the first class of lifeboat to be named after an Irish river, recognition by the charity of the role of Irish lifeboat crews and volunteers throughout the 190 year history of the RNLI.
It is currently under construction in Lymington, England and is expected to arrive on station in Donegal next April.
Lifeboat crew and station management from the Buncrana lifeboat station will next month travel to Lymington to see how their new lifeboat is progressing. It will replace the station’s current all-weather Tyne class lifeboat Robert & Violet and will be the first all weather lifeboat that has been specially commissioned for the lifeboat station, the previous two have come from the RNLI’s relief fleet.
The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet and the first to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making it the most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet. Waterjets allow the vessel to operate in shallow waters and be intentionally beached. It is 13 metres in length and weighs 18 tonnes.
See full details in tomorrow’s Derry Journal.