Lough Ree RNLI gets new lifeboat

Photo: RNLI/Sarah Bradbury

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station at Lough Ree, County Westmeath, has welcomed a new inshore rescue boat into service.

The 8.4-metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB) will be formally named Tara Scougall in a ceremony to be held early next year. The boat will honour Tara Scougall, the late wife of long-time RNLI donor James Scougall.

The new lifeboat was purchased using funds generated by the Scougall family’s own fundraising efforts. It will replace Lough Ree RNLI’s current boat, the 7.3-metre The Eric Rowse, which has been in service for five years.

Two 85kW engines give Tara Scougall a maximum speed in excess of 35 knots.

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