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Patience plea to visitors over Invergordon lifeboat as crew pledges to keep folk posted; New vessel special to many thanks to Launch a


By Hector MacKenzie

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Agnes AP Barr has been on active duty at Invergordon now for three months. Picture: RNLI Invergordon
Agnes AP Barr has been on active duty at Invergordon now for three months. Picture: RNLI Invergordon

LIFEBOAT enthusiasts keen to get a look at a very special Easter Ross vessel are being urged to be patient as local coronavirus precautions remain in place.

Invergordon RNLI took delivery of its eagerly anticpated new Shannon class lifeboat, 13-37 Agnes AP Barr, some three months ago.

The local community has always had a strong bond with lifeboats based in the town.

The appeal of Agnes AP Barr extends even wider as she has the names of 9500 loved ones included on a decal as part of the RNLI's Launch a Memory campaign. People from across the country have voiced a desire to take a look at the vessel which holds a poignant place in many hearts.

The local lifeboat team said: "She is settling in well and our crew have enjoyed a number of training exercises with her over the last few months.The lighter nights have given us wonderful opportunities to capture the lifeboat in all her glory.

"As most of the UK begins to move out of coronavirus restrictions, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind our dedicated supporters that our lifeboat station is still closed to visitors in line with RNLI protocols. The station remains Covid-secure in order to keep our volunteer crews safe and ensure that our 24/7 life saving capability is maintained. Please do not travel to Invergordon in hope of a tour or to view the lifeboat up close. When we are able to facilitate visitors, we’ll be sure to let you all know.

"So, in the meantime, please stay safe and stay tuned to our Facebook page for more pictures and video of our incredible lifeboat.

"Thank you for your continued support!"

First launch of new lifeboat a poignant moment


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