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A modern new lifeboat is to take up service at Leverburgh in the spring.

The Shannon class vessel will replace the Royal Thames.

Using water jets instead of traditional propellers will make her agile and manoeuvrable particularly in the shallow waters of the Sound of Harris.

The new lifeboat is also capable of reaching speeds up to 25 knots which means that her volunteer crew can reach casualties sooner.

Currently being built by the RNLI in Poole, the vessel is due to undertake sea trials early in 2018 with the aim of entering service in May.

Leverburgh RNLI has been called out over 80 times since it was established five years ago.



New lifeboat being built for Leverburgh

1 December 2017