Dorset

Poole Lifeguard names ex-Olympic safety boat in ceremony

Legacy rescue boat
Image caption The naming ceremony was conducted by the Borough of Poole Mayor, Councillor Philip Eades.

Volunteer lifeguards in Dorset have carried out a naming ceremony for a new rescue boat that was previously used for safety patrols during the Olympics.

The 5.85m-long boat has been named Legacy and will be used by RLSS Poole Lifeguard based at Sandbanks.

Chairman David Ayres said they were "desperate" to replace their 10-year-old boat Phoenix which "needed considerable repair work".

Local charity the Talbot Village Trust paid the £17,600 needed for the boat.

The price tag was less than half its £38,000 value but the lifeguards were offered the reduced price after they provided safety cover for the 2012 Games.

Mr Ayres said: "Having this new boat will enable us to continue to preserve life at sea and in the Poole and Sandbanks area."

Talbot Village Trustee, Sir Michael Salt, said: "Poole Lifeguard provides an essential community service which has saved many lives over the years and we are very happy to be able to contribute to this worthy cause."

The naming ceremony was held at the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Panorama Road, Sandbanks.

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