Rosslare lifeboat in the UK for major refit
the 12-year-old Rosslare lifeboat has gone to the Isle of Wight in the UK for a refit.
The Severn-Class boat, the 'Donald and Barbara Broadhead', left for the UK early last Wednesday and arrived in the Isle of Wight over the weekend where she will be in a boatyard for the next three or four months.
The lifeboat stopped at the Penlee Lifeboat Station in Newlynn, Cornwall, on route before heading on to Brixham and then the Isle of Wight.
The refit, which will include two brand new engines, will cost in the region of half a million euros.
Rosslare lifeboat press officer Jamie Ryan said the refit will be paid out of the RNLI's general funds is part of a planned upgrade of all the Seven-Class boats.
While the Rosslare boat is being refitted, another Severn-Class boat, 'The Duke of York,' will be stationed at Rosslare Port.
In 2001, the previous Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat 'St Brendan' was seriously damaged when it was hit by the 31,500 tonne ferry Koningen Beatrix which demolished the lifeboat pen. Such was the impact that the Stena ferry propelled the St Brendan out of the end of the pen. The 'Donald and Barbara Broadhead' was brought into service at Rosslare Harbour in 2004.