Dorset

Naming ceremony for new Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboat helmsman Brian Street
Image caption A cake was prepared for the ceremony by one of the lifeboat crew

Hundreds of people lined the shores of a Dorset seaside town for the naming ceremony of a new lifeboat.

A dedication ceremony was held on the slipway at Lyme Regis for the Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat.

The RNLI vessel arrived in the town on 3 March and has already answered 15 emergency calls.

Guests at the event included the lifeboat's crew, their families, former crew members and representatives of the boat's sponsor.

'Latest equipment'

The ceremony was followed with the cutting of a christening cake, prepared by baker and lifeboat helmsman Brian Street.

The £180,000 inshore lifeboat will be named Spirit of Loch Fyne, after the restaurant chain that sponsored it.

The boat, which carries a crew of four, is capable of speeds of up to 35 knots and is fitted with the latest radar and VHF direction finding equipment.

The lifeboat station at Lyme Regis has a 30-strong volunteer crew of men and women including builders, carpenters, students and decorators.

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