Fourlanesend School launch plastic bottle boat Respect

Respect, Cawsand The boat, which has been named Respect, has been made entirely out of recycled materials

A boat made by schoolchildren from hundreds of plastic bottles has been launched in Cornwall.

The 5m (16ft) trimaran, built by Fourlanesend School, Cawsand, will be able to carry six children.

The primary pupils were helped by local boat builder Andy Fox, who built an 18m (60ft) catamaran which sailed the Pacific in 2010.

"It's been fantastic to see the enthusiasm of these kids all getting stuck in," he said.

The boat project was part of work being done at the school to teach children about plastic and waste.

Head teacher Rebecca Harris said collecting the hundreds of bottles "in a matter of weeks" had helped to reinforce how important recycling was.

Fourlanesend pupils building Respect The Fourlanesend pupils collected 700 plastic bottles in weeks

"Helping to build the boat and being involved in creating something has really made the children understand what it's all about," she told BBC News.

The boat, which is made completely from recycled materials, has been named Respect - representing one of the school's values and respect for the environment, Ms Harris said.

All Fourlanesend pupils who can swim were given the chance to sail on Respect, with the first six children chosen randomly when their names were pulled from a hat.

Claire Wallerstein, from Rame Peninsula Beach Care, which helped to organised the activity, said a safety boat was on hand and the children wore life jackets.

"And these are real life jackets - they're not made from plastic bottles," she added.

A boat made from plastic bottles and recycled material has been built and launched by pupils from a Cornish primary school

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