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New lifeboat announced for Eyemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) has today announced that a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat will replace Trent class all-weather lifeboat, Barclaycard Crusader, currently stationed in Eyemouth.

Ian Grant Smith

RNLI Shannon Class lifeboat

The new lifeboat is due to arrive on station at the end of 2018 and will be on service in the first quarter of 2019. The Shannon class is the first of the RNLI’s all-weather lifeboats to be powered by water-jets rather than traditional propellers, making it the most agile and manoeuvrable lifeboat in the charity’s fleet.

Water-jets allow the vessel to operate in shallow waters and be intentionally beached. And when precision really matters, such as operating alongside a stricken vessel or navigating around hazards, they'll come into their own.

Mike Garfitt, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager said: ‘We’re delighted to announce that Eyemouth will be getting a Shannon class lifeboat.

‘The Shannon’s impressive manoeuvrability combined with a shallow draft mean that it will be able to operate close to rocks and other vessels, it will be well suited to operating in this area of the coast.’

Measuring just 13m in length and weighing in at 18 tonnes, the Shannon is the smallest and lightest of our 25-knot lifeboats. Its unique hull is designed to minimise slamming of the boat in heavy seas. And shock-absorbing seats further protect the crew from impact when powering through the waves.

An improved Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) allows the crew to operate and monitor many of the lifeboat's functions from the safety of five of the six seats.

And as with all of our all-weather lifeboats, the Shannon is designed to be inherently self-righting, returning to an upright position in the event of capsize.

The Shannon follows a 45-year tradition of naming our lifeboats after rivers and stretches of water. This is the first time that the name of an Irish river has been used.

Trent class all-weather lifeboats all have an operational life of 25 years, Eyemouth’s lifeboat will be 25 in 2020. The decision to replace Eyemouth’s Trent with a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat slightly early has been taken because it will allow us to free up the Trent to be used in a trial at another station.

Each Shannon costs £2.1million and although it will have an operational lifetime of 25 years, the life expectancy of the Shannon's hull and wheelhouse is 50 years.

After 25 years of service, each Shannon lifeboat will undergo a total refit where the machinery, systems and equipment will be renewed or replaced and the hull and wheelhouse reused – creating a new Shannon class lifeboat ready to save lives at sea for a further 25 years.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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