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Last Updated:  Saturday, 22 March, 2003, 16:10 GMT
Spirit of Lelaina lives on
Lelaina Hall
A rescue hovercraft was launched in Lelaina's memory
A new rescue hovercraft has been officially launched in memory of a young girl from Worcester.

Lelaina Hall, five, died last June after getting trapped on mudflats while on holiday at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.

She was plucked from the sea by a rescue helicopter, but died later in hospital.

Her family and friends were joined by rescue teams and wellwishers at the launch of the hovercraft on Saturday.

Stretch of coastline

The campaign to fund a 35,000 hovercraft that can rescue people from the mudflats was launched just days after the tragedy.

Within three weeks, the total had been met and continued fundraising has taken the money raised to more than 100,000.

This paid for the boathouse and will fund the running of the hovercraft - named Spirit of Lelaina - for up to 10 years.

The stretch of coastline where Lelaina died had the second highest rise and fall of tide in the world, her inquest was told.

The sea could go out as much as a mile and a half.




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