New Shannon Class for Lough Swilly RNLI
Today was the big day - long awaited by Lough Swilly RNLI. They've been tooling around in Moelfre's sloppy seconds Tyne now for a year or so and the shine was gone. Some years ago, a local lad designed a nice new hull for the RNLI. They stuck it under the Shannon Class and now the first delivery to Ireland was happening. He was there to see it arrive.
There was a mungo crowd in "Funcrana" - icecream vans, refreshments marquee, marching band, sea scouts, coppers, ambo crews, fire crews and even a few undercover Coast Guards who denied a little too vehemently that they were GREEN with envy.
The crew/s have taken her over from Poole over the last week or so. They've been out in the worst of conditions and the best and are absolutely thrilled with her. She is called the Derek Bullivant after the primary donor and she will be a vital element in the SAR response here in the North West. I suspect that the aircrew of R118 are going to get their eye wiped in these waters on a regular basis from now on :-P