Minehead RNLI celebrate name of new lifeboat Exmoor Belle
Volunteers who provide sea rescue cover along the Exmoor coastline will be taking delivery of an appropriately-named new lifeboat later this year.
RNLI officials in Minehead have decided on Exmoor Belle as the name of their station’s new D class inflatable after organising a competition among local schoolchildren.
Pupils at Minehead Middle School were given a chance to name the new £52,000 craft and the station chose Exmoor Belle from a shortlist of suggestions.
Coincidentally the winning name was submitted by Lilia Guscott, whose grandfather, Steve, served on the Minehead crew for several years.
Lilia will now have the honour of officially naming the boat – due to be delivered and go on service in December – at a ceremony sometime next year.
Minehead RNLI chairman Bryan Stoner said there had been a huge response from the school.
'Since virtually all the money for the ;lifeboat was raised by the Minehead community we thought it was only right that the name should be selected locally as well' he said.
'Whittling down the shortlist was quite a challenge because we had some very good suggestions indeed but finally it was Exmoor Belle that got the overwhelming vote.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.