THE AITH lifeboat has returned home after being fitted with new navigation and communication equipment.
RNLI mechanic John Robertson said “we’re confident that we are as well equipped as possible to help save lives at sea” following the work.
It is hoped that the modernisation of the on-board systems will make it easier for the crew to locate people in need at sea.
The electronics refit was undertaken in Inverness over two weeks recently and a relief lifeboat was sent north to cover. The ship’s hull was also cleaned.
The electrical work has improved the vessel’s radar, direction finding and VHF capabilities.
Robertson said: “The Aith Lifeboat had a major engine upgrade in 2017. Now, having introduced more modern electronic systems, we’re confident that we are as well equipped as possible to help save lives at sea.
“The considerable cost of these upgrades demonstrate just how important fundraising is to our lifeboat operations, so a huge thank you to all of our fantastic supporters, and to the RNLI technicians who carried out the refit to such a high standard.”
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