New Moelfre lifeboat named Kiwi

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

THE name of the £2.7 million new Moelfre RNLI lifeboat has been revealed.

RNLB Kiwi, a Tamar class boat, will take to the water on February 2013, and will replace Tyne class vessel Robert and Violet.

RNLI divisional inspector of lifeboats for Wales Colin Williams said: “The Tamar is the most technologically advanced lifeboat ever produced by the RNLI, we owe it to our volunteer crews to provide them with the very best lifeboats.

“Being able to provide these fantastic new lifeboats is thanks to very generous bequests for which we are eternally grateful.

The new lifeboat is part of the RNLI’s plan to invest £42.5M in Wales.

RNLB Kiwi was funded by New Zealand-born seaman Reginald James Clark, who died in 2004.

His family requested the vessel’s name to mark his heritage.

The news comes with Anglesey Council set to discuss plans for a new lifeboat station at Moelfre.

Construction will begin in the spring of 2013 if the application is approved.

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