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Hoylake RNLI: New £2m lifeboat to arrive at Wirral base

New Wirral lifeboat Image copyright RNLI
Image caption Hoylake is the fourth station in the UK and Ireland to receive a Shannon lifeboat

One of the next generation of RNLI lifeboats is set to arrive at its base in Wirral later.

The new £2m Shannon class all-weather lifeboat is due to sail into Hoylake RNLI lifeboat station at 10:30 GMT.

The Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood has made a five-day voyage from the charity's headquarters in Poole.

Hoylake is the fourth RNLI lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland to receive a Shannon, which is propelled by water jets.

'New era'

The craft, which does not have traditional propellers, is also self-righting, according to the RNLI.

John Curry, Hoylake RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: "The arrival of the new lifeboat will bring Hoylake into a new era of lifesaving as the response times of the station will be dramatically improved."

The lifeboat has been funded in part through a legacy left by Paulette Micklewood, from Oxford, and has been named after her father Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood.

Local fundraising also helped to pay for the vessel.

The Shannon replaces the station's RNLI Mersey class lifeboat, Lady of Hilbre, which has operated at Hoylake since 1990, carrying out 237 rescues and saving 263 people.

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