New Mumbles RNLI lifeboat unveiled

The station's new lifeboat was donated at a cost of £2.7m Credit: RNLI

A brand new lifeboat will be unveiled in the Mumbles today. Members of the RNLI will showcase the £2.7m Tamar in Swansea Marina as it arrives in its new home at the lifeboat station.

It's the fourth lifeboat funded by the Roy Barker Memorial Fund.

Mr Frederick Roy Barker of Jersey died in 1992 and bequeathed his whole estate to the RNLI.

The arrival of the Mumbles Tamar is of huge significance to the RNLI charity as it will be the completion of the roll out of four new Tamars in Wales. The modern new lifeboats have already replaced Tyne class lifeboats stationed at Porthdinllaen, Moelfre and St Davids.

The Tamar features the latest technology to enhance its lifesaving capabilities. It's bigger than the boat it replaces and has a faster response time, with a speed of 25, rather than 17 knots.

The Mumbles RNLI Coxswain Martin Double says:

‘Bringing the new lifeboat home to Swansea for the very first time will be an incredibly proud moment for me. This really is a fantastic boat and I have every confidence that she'll serve us well and help us to save more lives off the south Wales coast".