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£48,000 lifeboat named ‘Akira’ at Anstruther ceremony

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Anstruther RNLI officially named their new D Class lifeboat funded entirely by local volunteers

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Eden symbolising the naming of Akira with the pouring of Kingsbarns Distillery whiskey

This essential lifesaving vessel, which has been funded by the volunteers of Anstruther lifeboat station in a number of fundraising events dating back to 2009, was accepted by RNLI Vice President Sir Andrew Cubie in a handover from Anstruther Lifeboat Management Group chairman John Smith.

In handing the boat over, John added, ‘It gives me great delight to present this state of the art lifeboat to the RNLI to serve the local community here in Anstruther’.

Akira, which is the anglicised female version of the Scottish male name Acair meaning anchor, was selected by Kirkton of Largo schoolgirl Eden Russell who won a competition last year to choose the name of the lifeboat.

Eden, who also presented a cheque for £815 from her fundraising efforts since winning the completion, symbolised the naming of the boat in the traditional manner of pouring whiskey over the bow of the boat which then launched to demonstrate its capabilities to station guests and onlookers.

Station Coxswain Michael Bruce accepted Akira from Sir Andrew Cubie and reiterated the pride of his crew in taking charge of such an immense lifeboat. Michael commented, ‘It is an honour and privilege to accept this lifeboat on behalf of Anstruther Lifeboat Station. The efforts of our volunteer crew, shop staff and fundraisers have all played a vital part in funding this wonderful lifeboat.’

Michael also took the opportunity to thank the wider lifeboat family, especially the partners of our volunteers who support their loved ones in both on and off the lifeboat. ‘Without your love, effort and support, we would not be afforded opportunities like we have here today.’

Since arriving on station back in October, Akira has already taken part in seven rescues so far and remains ready to respond and serve our community at any hour of the day at the request of the UK Coastguard.

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Sir Andrew Cubie accepting the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI

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Station Coxswain Michael Bruce accepting the lifeboat from the RNLI

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Eden Russell handing over a cheque for £815 to Anstruther RNLI

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Volunteer crew and their families watching on as Sir Andrew Cubie addresses the guests of the station

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Akira returning to the station after a launch to demonstrate her capabilities to guests and onlookers

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