Latest lifeboat visits Arbroath

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s cutting-edge new lifeboat briefly visited Arbroath harbour on Sunday on its way south to Amble.

The Shannon-class boat, RNLB ‘Jock and Annie Slater’, had worked her way up the east coast before spending the weekend at Montrose, for the Montrose RNLI open day.

She then sailed to Arbroath where a crew, which included two local members, Neil Swankie and Allan Russell, boarded to take her back to Amble. She reached Northumberland in the early evening and on Monday was loaded on to a trailer to be returned to headquarters in Poole, Dorset, by road.

As and when Arbroath’s Mersey-class lifeboat RNLB ‘Inchcape’ is replaced, it is likely that the replacement will be a Shannon-class boat.

Read the full story in this week’s Arbroath Herald.