Dunmore East RNLI just lately welcomed their new €2.4m Shannon-class lifeboat, the William and Agnes Wray.
A six-person crew from Dunmore East RNLI had travelled to gather the state- of-the-art lifeboat from the RNLI’s All-Climate Lifeboat Centre in Poole earlier within the week.
A heat welcome awaited the crew as lifeboats from Kilmore Quay and Fethard RNLI shaped a guard of honour, alongside the station’s retiring Trent- class lifeboat Elizabeth and Ronald, which has been on service since 1996. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 was additionally in attendance overhead, as have been Dunmore East Coast Guard and the native hearth service.
The arrival of the brand new lifeboat was notably particular for 2 of Dunmore East’s crew. Coxswain/mechanic Roy Abrahamsson introduced the brand new lifeboat into Dunmore East harbour, simply as his late father, coxswain/mechanic Walter Abrahamsson, did with the Trent-class lifeboat in 1996. For Brendan Dunne, a volunteer crewmember with the RNLI for 36 years, this would be the third all-weather lifeboat he has served on.
The arrival of the brand new lifeboat means a demanding coaching schedule for the station within the weeks forward. The Trent-class lifeboat will stay on name till the crew are aware of their new lifeboat, and so they formally inform the Coast Guard that the William and Agnes Wray is on service.
Dunmore East RNLI coxswain Roy Abrahamsson mentioned: “It is a very proud second for the lifeboat crew, the station’s fundraisers and the neighborhood of Dunmore East.
“Whereas now we have big affection for our present Trent-class lifeboat, which has served us so nicely and introduced many individuals house, we’re thrilled to obtain a state-of-the-art Shannon- class lifeboat, the primary of its sort to be based mostly within the South East. It’s an enormous funding by the RNLI in lifesaving for this space, and can assist us to proceed to save lots of lives at sea for generations to come back.”
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