Irish Lifeboats

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Cairde an Chuain

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Cairde an Chuain
D class ILB D-711 Cairde an Chuain has served Courtown since 2009. The D Class Lifeboat is equipped with a single 50hp outboard engine and is ideal for rescues close to the shore where larger lifeboats cannot operate. It can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize and unlike its predecessors, is not restricted to daylight operation. The boat has a crew of 2 or 3, is 16 feet long and has a speed of 25 knots. The D Class lifeboat is launched from a trolley and can stay at sea for around three hours. Photo : Barry Moule
Posted on January 29, 2012