An early "rib" under construction
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Atlantic College works on tsunami rescue boat design

Students at a south Wales college are building a boat aimed at helping rescue services in the event of a tsunami.

On the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, students at UWC Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan are trying to create a boat specifically designed to cope with the aftermath of a tsunami.

The group includes Nanami Ito and Sara Yamasaki who were at school in Japan in 2011 when a tsunami struck killing 16,000 people.

The college has a history of designing life boats. In the 1960s students pioneered the rigid-hulled inflatable boat or rib design. The college sold the rights to the RNLI for £1.

David Grundy reports.

  • 15 Dec 2014
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