August 18, 2006
second rescue hovercraft for Burnham-On-Sea
brand new second rescue hovercraft for Burnham-On-Sea is to be
officially on Saturday August 19th during the towns annual
special blessing service for the £15,000 craft - to be called
The Light Of Elizabeth after Lelaina Hall's sister - is to be
held at 10.30am on Burnham seafront. To be led by Rev Graham Witts,
the ceremony will be followed by the customary breaking of a champagne
bottle over the new craft before it goes on service.
the charity that runs the main Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft, says
the new three-seater machine has been made custom-made for the
group by BBV, the same manufacturer as the main craft.
Light Of Elizabeth will be mainly used as a training hovercraft,
but will also enable the group to perform inland rescues along
muddy river banks and lakes where space is restricted.
14 emergency service groups from across Somerset will gather on
Burnham's seafront tomorrow for ESCAPE, the Emergency Services
Community Awareness and Promotion Event, when a day of non-stop
demonstrations and displays will be performed for the public from
11am through to 4pm.
Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft has helped and rescued more than
95 people during its two years of operation. The craft is named
after five year-old Lelaina Hall, who tragically lost her life
in the mud at Berrow in 2002. The Western Daily Press launched
a huge fundraising campaign soon after the tragedy during which
its readers donated £115,000 to buy the fully-equipped craft.
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