Eyemouth all set to welcome new lifeboat

Eyemouth's new Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat will arrive in port for the first time on Sunday.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 29 November, 2018, 08:00

Its scheduled arrival is 1329 to match its hull number and lifeboat crew are hoping the local community will come out in force to welcome it.

The lifeboat will carry the name Helen Hastings.

Helen, who lived in Stocksfield, admired the bravery and courage of the lifesaving work carried out by all RNLI volunteers.

Helen knew that the RNLI relied upon voluntary donations and upon her passing in 2016, left the majority of her estate to the RNLI, with the request that a lifeboat be built and named after her, so that the crews could continue to save many more lives.

RNLB Helen Hastings was officially launched in September and has since been undergoing trials in advance of her arrival in Eyemouth.

The crew at Eyemouth lifeboat are extremely grateful to Helen Hastings and look forward to ensuring her legacy is honoured for years to come.

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Capable of speeds of 25 knots, the Shannon is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers.

Meanwhile, it has been a busy few days for the crew and local Coastguard teams.

Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats were launched by the UK Coastguard at 6.30am on Saturday after a fishing vessel ran aground leaving the harbour.

With assistance from Coastguard teams, including Berwick, the vessel was secured and the volunteer crew stood by until the trawler re-floated and towed it into deeper water.

HM Coastguard is appealing for further information after an EPIRB distress alert was detected in the Eyemouth area on Monday morning. Eyemouth and St Abbs lifeboat, along with Berwick and Eyemouth Coastguard and the Prestwick Coastguard helicopter searched the area but found nothing.