New Shannon for RNLI?

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The latest in lifeboat technology could soon be launched from Arbroath following a study to gauge its suitability.

The RNLI are investigating whether Arbroath could be next in line for the new Shannon class, after Montrose became the first Scottish station to receive the new boat.

The Shannon class would replace the current Tyne and Mersey class which are now nearing the end of their operational lives.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “We are still undertaking a feasibility study at the station to see whether a Shannon could be accommodated there.

“The launching system would be entirely different to the slip that is currently at the station.”

A recent visit by the Shannon to Arbroath spurred interest from the crew who would be able to make good use of its new capabilities.

The all-weather lifeboat boasts propelled waterjets instead of the traditional propellers which allows it to operate in shallow water.

RNLI stated: “Once rolled out, our entire all-weather lifeboat fleet will be capable of 25 knots, making our lifesaving service more efficient and effective than ever before.”

The naming of the Shannon follows a 45-year tradition of naming lifeboats after rivers. But it’s the first time an Irish river has been chosen.