The relief Shannon class lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater arrived in Wicklow on Sunday 24th February after travelling from the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset. A large turnout of family, friends and supporters gathered as the Wicklow all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker and the Inshore lifeboat escorted the relief Shannon into the harbour, while a lone piper on the East pier played a musical tribute to signal the arrival.
Staff Coxswain Pete Hanscombe accompanied the crew on the training passage, but Coxswain Nick Keogh had the honour of bringing the relief Shannon into Wicklow harbour. A short impressive display of the boats speed and agility was greeted with applause from the crowd, before it came alongside the pier.
The relief lifeboat will replace the present Wicklow lifeboat in the next few weeks after the crew complete training. Temporary mooring facilities are being placed on the South Quay to support the lifeboat once it becomes operational.