Clifden RNLI have become the first lifeboat station on the west coast of Ireland to receive the latest in lifeboat technology, the Shannon class lifeboat. 

The vessel is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, and the new 25-knot lifeboat replaces the station’s 15-knot Mersey class lifeboat, significantly cutting response times for the county Galway lifeboat crew and reaching casualties faster. 

The Clifden crew have been undergoing intensive training since May and the first planned outing for the new lifeboat is to visit the nearby island communities of Inisboffin and Inisturk where the lifeboat can be called on to respond to urgent requests for medical evacuations.

 

 

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