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Scots firm makes Malawi ambulance

Marine ambulance
The boat has been designed so that it will require little maintenance

A marine ambulance made in Scotland is to be used in Malawi to help transfer patients to and from hospital.

The boat was built at a shipyard in Macduff, Aberdeenshire, with funding from church groups and other donations.

The Reverend David Randall, of Macduff Parish Church, said it would be a lifeline to the people living around the north of Lake Malawi.

"The roads are very poor and the lake is 365 miles long, so it will be of great service," he said.

Donations paid for the materials but the boat was made for free at the local shipyard.

Managing director John Watt said they had to follow a number of specifications.

"It's designed so that it can be beached," he said. "It also has to fit into a container after being partially dismantled.

"And it's been built with aluminium because it's low maintenance and very strong."

The marine ambulance will now be dismantled and sent to Malawi, where Mr Watt will help The Raven Trust with the engineering skills to set up the service.

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