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Crash victim in lifeboat legacy
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The new lifeboat has improved speed and manoeuvrability
The legacy of a woman killed in a South African coach crash has helped bring a new hi-tech lifeboat to Teesside.

Jacqueline Hunsley, from Leeds, was among 27 tourists killed when their coach plunged off a steep mountain pass near Lydenburg in September 1999.

Her donation will help fund Redcar's new 29,000 IB1, an updated D-class inshore lifeboat.

Dave Cammish, operations manager at the town's lifeboat station, said Ms Hunsley's generosity would save lives.

As well as providing the new lifeboat, her legacy has also funded an IT upgrade, IT training and crew training at Redcar for the period 2004 to 2008.

A plaque can be found on the wall of the lifeboat station to commemorate her contribution.

Redcar RNLI helmsman, Mike Picknett, added: "The new IB1 has improved speed and manoeuvrability compared to the D class Peterborough Beer Festival 1 that has served us so well since 1997.

"It is ideal for many of the shouts we get off the Redcar coast and will enable us to carry these rescues out faster and more effectively than ever before."

The new boat, to be named Jacky Hunsley, will be delivered to the station on Thursday.




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