Highlands & Islands

Harris lifeboat to remain on a permanent basis

Mersey class lifeboat. Pic: RNLI
Image caption A Mersey class lifeboat has been stationed at Leverburgh since May

A lifeboat station will remain on Harris in the Western Isles on a permanent basis following a year-long trial, the RNLI has said.

More than 20 volunteers came forward to crew a Mersey class vessel last year.

Based in Leverburgh since May, the boat covers an area of sea which had taken crews from the nearest station on Lewis two hours to reach.

The RNLI gauged the success of the trial before giving consideration to setting up a permanent station.

Scotland's last new lifeboat station was created on Loch Ness in 2008.

A local campaign had called for a boat and crew for Harris.

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