RNLI to open two new lifeboat stations

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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