Final call for RNLI's long-serving Annie Blaker before retirement
The RNLB Annie Blaker lifeboat launched for the final time this week having been involved in rescuing over 400 people in her 30 years of service.
The Tyne class lifeboat was officially retired from service on Friday and will be replaced by the relief fleet Shannon class lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater.
The final callout for the Annie Blaker arrived on Thursday evening when coxswain Nick Keogh and a volunteer crew launched to assist two sailors on board a yacht stranded nine miles off the Wicklow coast after a rope fouled the vessel's propeller.
The Annie Blaker arrived in Wicklow in 1989 and was involved in over 340 services, rescuing over 400 people.
It's replacement, the Jock and Annie Slater, will operate from temporary facilities at the South Quay, while the slipway and station are redeveloped to accommodate a new permanent lifeboat, which is expected to arrive in 2022.