London 2012: Manx lifeboat to carry Olympic torch

Olympic torch is ready for its journey around the British Isles Two lifeboat volunteers will also be among the torchbearers in the Isle of Man

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The Olympic torch will be carried out to sea by a Manx lifeboat during its visit to the Isle of Man.

Volunteer crew from all of the island's five lifeboat stations will take part in the event on 2 June.

The torch will be taken on board the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) craft, Sir William Hillary.

An RNLI spokesman said it will be launched from Douglas slipway and carried out to sea between King Edward Pier and Queen Victoria Pier.

He added: "Douglas is not the only RNLI lifeboat the torch will travel on.

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"On 18 July, crew members from Dover will take the torch from a tall ship while at sea, before bringing it to shore and handing it on to the next torch bearer."

Two Isle of Man RNLI volunteers have also been chosen to carry the torch on selected routes.

Juan Howland, 39, RNLI Deputy Second Coxswain at Douglas will carry the torch in Laxey and Simon McFerran, 40, Souvenir Secretary at Douglas will do the honours in Onchan.

The torch relay began on Saturday 19 May in Land's End in Cornwall, and will pass through 1,018 places, including Dublin, on its 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 27 July.

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