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NEW MODEL LIFEBOAT ON ITS WAY TO LOUGH SWILLY

first_imgA man rescued by a Lough Swilly lifeboat when he was 14 has designed a model lifeboat.The lifeboat by Derry man Peter Eyre is due to arrive in Buncrana later today.Lough Swilly life boat station is thought to be the first in Ireland to get a brand new model lifeboat. Peter, an RNLI Engineer who works at the charity’s headquarters in Poole, England, was instrumental in the development of the new lifeboat, by designing its new hull.Peter, from Co Derry. was present in Buncrana when the new lifeboat, the Shannon, arrived into the harbour yesterday (FRI).He had a brush with the charity in 1998 when Lough Swilly Lifeboat came to his aid.Peter revealed, ‘I have always had a link to the RNLI; it has been there in the background. I was just 14 years old when my family’s 30ft cruiser racer yacht was dismasted in rough seas and force 7 winds. The yacht lost its mast and was escorted back to shore by the volunteer lifeboat crew. “I wish the Lough Swilly crew the best of luck with their new Lifeboat. I can tell how much this boat means to them. It is clear they will take great care of her and put her to good use as they bravely respond to people in distress. Knowing that I have designed a Lifeboat that will keep the crew safe when they launch into challenging conditions in their quest to save lives at sea makes me incredibly proud.Crowds turned out along the Donegal shoreline today to welcome the €2.4 million lifeboat to its new home on the Donegal coast.The Shannon class lifeboat is the first in the 191 history of the lifesaving charity that has been named after an Irish river, in recognition of the service and dedication of Irish lifeboat crews. It will be stationed at Lough Swilly RNLI.At 12 noon the lifeboat was escorted into Lough Swilly by a flotilla of boats to an emotional homecoming.The lifeboat is named Derek Bullivant and has been largely funded through a legacy from Mr Derek Jim Bullivant of Bewdley, Worcestershire in the UK, who passed away in September 2011. The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet and the first to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making it the most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat in the fleet.Waterjets allow the vessel to operate in shallow waters and be intentionally beached. The lifeboat has a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles, which makes it ideal for offshore searches and rescues in calm and rough seas.The new lifeboat was developed to operate in the worst of sea conditions and is self-righting, automatically turning the right side up in the event of a capsize. Its unique hull is designed to minimise slamming of the boat in heavy seas and the shock-absorbing seats further protect the crew from impact when powering through the waves.The volunteer lifeboat crew will be busy training around the clock on the new lifeboat and when they are assessed as fully trained on it the new lifeboat will then officially be put on service. Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter said it was a historic day for the local lifeboat station.“We were established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1988 and in 2000 received our first all weather lifeboat. This Shannon class lifeboat will be here for years to come and will come to the aid of many people over its lifetime. May our lifeboat crews always come home safe on her and may she bring many people home to their loved ones.’Lough Swilly RNLI Coxswain Mark Barnett added it was a very emotional day for everyone connected with the RNLI in Lough Swilly.“So many people have made this possible and we are grateful for the continued support we receive and the great welcome from all the lifeboat stations we visited on our passage home. I would also like to acknowledge the incredible gift that the late Derek Bullivant has made to the RNLI, which allowed the purchase of this state of the art lifeboat and which will proudly bear his name.’Lough Swilly’s lifeboats have launched over 700 times and saved 47 lives, as well as bringing 517 others safely home, since its establishment in 1988.NEW MODEL LIFEBOAT ON ITS WAY TO LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaNEW MODEL LIFEBOAT ON ITS WAY TO LOUGH SWILLYPeter Eyrelast_img read more

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