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Cleethorpes lifeboat named in memory of James Burgess

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Image caption The James Burgess II was funded by the family of a young sailor who died in 1981

A ceremony has been held to formally name an RNLI lifeboat after a young sailor who died more than 30 years ago.

The James Burgess II, based at Cleethorpes, is the second lifeboat to be funded by the family of 18-year-old James Burgess, who died in 1981.

The teenager, from Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire, had sailed many times on the North Sea.

The RNLI said the D class inshore lifeboat has already been used on two rescues since December.

Image caption The teenager used to sail with his father on the North Sea

Jack Barlow, Cleethorpes RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: "His family can rest assured that, every time we launch to save someone in trouble at sea, James' memory will live on."

About 150 people attended the naming ceremony on Saturday afternoon, during which a service of dedication was led by the Reverend Paul Hunter of St Peter's Church, Cleethorpes.

The Burgess family previously paid for a lifeboat based in Walmer, Kent, in 1992, which was named James.

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