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Aith Lifeboat heads for refit

The Charles Lidbury pictured alongside its replacement recently in Aith. Photo: RNLI/John Robertson

THE AITH Lifeboat is set to become more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly as it undergoes a refit on the Ayrshire coast.

The Charles Lidbury, which will be fitted with new MTU engines in Girvan, was replaced by the relief vessel Roger and Joy Freeman last week.

The lifeboat is due to arrive in Girvan via Kirkwall and Inverness at the end of March and the refit is expected to take around 18 weeks to complete.

Coxswain Hylton Henry said the Severn class lifeboat, which has been in service since 1998, will also become “easier to handle” once the engines are installed.

The volunteer crew have already started training this week to learn more about the new engines.