Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man lifeboat's 25th anniversary celebrated

Sir William Hilary
Image caption A total of 87 lives have been saved during call-outs involving the Sir William Hillary lifeboat

An RNLI lifeboat that has been used to save nearly 100 lives in the Irish Sea has prompted celebrations after 25 years of service in the Isle of Man.

The Sir William Hillary, is named after the now-famous Manx resident responsible for the formation of the RNLI in 1824.

Since arriving at Douglas station in 1988, the boat has been involved in 264 call-outs, saving 87 lives.

It is due to be replaced in 2016 by the "Shannon class" boat design.

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