RNLI launches multi-million pound upgrade at Anstruther

The Shannon class lifeboat undergoing trials at Anstruther. (Picture: RNLI.)
The Shannon class lifeboat undergoing trials at Anstruther. (Picture: RNLI.)

Anstruther Lifeboat Station is to get a multi-million pound upgrade.

Operational trials took place last week at the station of the RNLI’s latest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, which is capable of speeds of 27 knots and is the most agile and manoeuvrable lifeboat in the fleet.

The operational trials involved the Shannon and the Supercat tractor and carriage.

It was important to test the operational limits of the new launch and recovery system in the challenging environment of the deep mud of the outer harbour.

Pushing the rig to its limits provided valuable information on how the Shannon might best be launched and recovered in the future.

The trials also provided an excellent opportunity for the volunteer crew at Anstruther to see the new equipment in action.