Leverburgh in Scotlands Outer Hebrides and Lough Ree on Ireland's River Shannon will benefit from the opening new lifeboat stations
The openings are part of a 12-month trial which will start next year.
Decisions of opening new stations are made by the RNLI’s Coast Review Team, who assess the ever-changing maritime life and what part the RNLI should play.
A Mersey class all-weather lifeboat will be stationed in Leverburgh and a B class insure lifeboat will be kept Lough.
Over the past 20 years 45 new lifeboat stations have been opened by the RNLI, with only three closures.
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Paul Jennings, the RNLI’s inspector in Scotland, said, “We have been looking at this idea for some time. This decision is about us providing a level of support to an exposed and isolated community where the casualty potential warrants the establishment”.
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