North East Wales

Rhyl RNLI station's £2m lifeboat 'an exciting new chapter'

Shannon class boat Image copyright RNLI/ Nathan Williams
Image caption The £2.2m Shannon class lifeboat is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by water jets instead of traditional propellers

A new £2.2m lifeboat is set to be be used off the north Wales coast from Rhyl, it has been announced.

The RNLI said the Denbighshire station's 24-year-old current boat will be replaced by a Shannon class vessel.

Coxswain Martin Jones described it as "an exciting new chapter in the station's 170 year history".

While an arrival date has not been finalised, the new boat, set to be built in Poole, Dorset, will be 50% faster than the current vessel.

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