An RNLI lifeboat which has been operating from Wicklow since the late 1980s is to be called back to shore.

When first introduced, the 'Annie Blaker' was the first fast slipway-launched lifeboat in the RNLI fleet.

After 30 years service at sea the boat is now being substituted by a speedier boat, the Shannon-class lifeboat 'Jock and Annie Slater'. This boat will be operating on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement is delivered.

The 'Jock and Annie Slater'

The Slater can reach a top speed of 25 knots, seven knots faster than the ‘Annie Blaker’.

During its time, the 'Annie Blaker' was launched over 348 times on callouts and rescued 408 people.

The Tyne-class vessel, is the last of its type in the RNLI fleet. 

This weekend the crew are holding an event to mark its retirement from service.

A flotilla of vessels including local and RNLI boats from the nearby stations at Dún Laoghaire and Arklow will accompany the 'Annie Blaker' on its departure.