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Guernsey's lifeboat gets 8,000 gift

Spirit of Guernsey
More than 8,000 was donated to the Guernsey lifeboat

Training for the volunteers who man Guernsey's lifeboat has benefited from more than £8,000 raised by a bank.

Staff at Royal Bank of Canada nominated the local RNLI as their charity of the year in 2009, and the money was raised in a series of fundraising events.

Lifeboat operations manager Captain Peter Gill said it costs £19,000 each year to keep crew members fully trained and that the donation was a huge boost.

Nineteen crew are prepared to man the Spirit of Guernsey lifeboat.

The boat takes a minimum crew of five and a maximum of eight.

Mr Gill said: "A lot of what they do is not routine and they don't do it very often.

"You have to be absolutely sure that when you send the boat out to sea the guys are fully up to speed with using the equipment on board - it's an absolutely key part of their job."

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