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New £2.1m lifeboat announced for Eyemouth Lifeboat Station

The new lifeboat is due to arrive at the end of 2018 Photo: Dave James

A new £2.1million lifeboat has been announced for Eyemouth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Lifeboat Station.

The new arrival is the first of RNLI's all-weather lifeboats to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, making it the quickest lifeboat at the station.

The Shannon class all-weather lifeboat will be replacing Trent class all-weather lifeboat, Barclaycard Crusader.

Each Shannon costs £2.1million and is expected to run for 25 years.

RNLI say they are delighted about the announcement:

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."

– Mike Garfitt, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager

The Shannon follows a 45-year tradition of naming RNLI lifeboats after rivers and stretches of water.

This is the first RNLI lifeboat to be named after an Irish river.

The new lifeboat is due to arrive at the end of 2018 and will be on service at the beginning of the following year.