rescue hovercraft is formally unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea
Burnham-On-Sea rescue charity has formally unveiled a new hovercraft
Search & Rescue's new hovercraft, named Spirit of Lelaina II,
was formally unveiled at a naming ceremony held during Sunday's
rescue services day in the town.
replaces the Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft which has reached the
end of its life after 14 years of service during which time its
volunteer crew have used it to help and rescue over 300 people along
Hall, the mother of five year-old Lelaina Hall who died on the mudflats
at Berrow in 2002, was on hand at Sunday's ceremony to name the
and Kath Allen from St Andrew's Church oversaw the blessing of the
new craft. Champage was poured over the nose of the craft, as pictured,
to mark the occasion.
new £25,000 BBV hovercraft has been funded by donations from
generous members of the public over the past two years.
new craft has already gone into full service, carrying out several
rescues on Saturday in Brean and Weston, as reported
Caroline Hall, mother of the late Lelaina Hall, at the unveiling
of the new hovercraft on Sunday with BARB President Neville Jones,
BARB Chairman Mark Newman, BARB Operations Manager Mike Lowe, BARB
Deputy Operations Manager Graham Hallsworth and Rev Richard Allen