Severn Area Rescue Association blesses new lifeboat

The Delta 6.5X lifeboat
Image caption The Delta 6.5X lifeboat was presented to the charity Sara in May and has now been formally named at Sharpness Lifeboat Station

A new lifeboat has been officially blessed by the Gloucestershire-based Severn Area Rescue Association (Sara) charity.

The new craft, named the Dave Moore after a former coxswain who died in 2003, will have a crew of three.

A legacy left by Mr Moore has enabled Sara to purchase the £137,000 Delta 6.5X craft.

The lifeboat also took part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee flotilla on the River Thames on 3 June.

Geoff Dawe, from Sara, said the boat, which was presented to the charity in May, was very important for the area.

It provides a 24/7 search-and-rescue service in the Severn Estuary and has also helped rescue people from inland flooding.

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