A new RNLI vessel is being prepared in Crosshaven for service at the Ballycotton Lifeboat Station in Cork.
The station at Ballycotton is credited with the most famous rescue in lifeboat history the 1936 Daunt Rock rescue. The needs of the station now demand a better quality boat. The new lifeboat the RNLB Hyman Winstone has arrived in Crosshaven boatyard in Cork Harbour for routine servicing. The fifty two foot boat will be thoroughly examined before going on station at Ballycotton in early 1985.
She'll be a very valuable acquisition to the station which covers a wide sea area on the south coast.
Ballycotton Station fought a tough battle with Cork County Council and the Department of Communications and the Office of Public Works to get the boat into Ballycotton as the harbour was not deep enough. The bureaucrats finally gave way and a £25,000 dredging operation began. The way is now clear for the new lifeboat to arrive in January.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 December 1984. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.