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Tenby lifeboat named after donor

D-Class lifeboat
The D-class lifeboat has already helped save lives

A ceremony has been staged to name a Pembrokeshire lifeboat after the benefactor who helped fund it.

Tenby's new D-class lifeboat is named after the late Georgina Taylor, who donated more than £10,000 in her will towards the building cost.

It will be the third inshore lifeboat Mrs Taylor has funded at Tenby.

The craft has already been put to good use, having launched four times and rescued six people since arriving last December.

The ceremony to dedicate the town's new RNLI lifeboat was at St Mary's Church.

The new vessel is described as faster and more manoeuvrable than the station's former D-class lifeboat.

The RNLI said it proved its worth days after arriving when it was called out on a rescue mission on 13 December to a teenage boy lying motionless in the sea, just below the Paragon on the south side of Tenby.

Her legacy will live on saving lives at sea for many years to come
Freddie Broomhead on the lifeboat benefactor, Georgina Taylor

Freddie Broomhead, who accepted the lifeboat on behalf of Tenby RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: "The D-class lifeboat has been the workhorse of the RNLI fleet for over 40 years.

"It is small, approximately five metres long, but highly manoeuvrable. It is equipped with a GPS navigation system, VHF radio and many other features."

The new vessel will work alongside the station's current Tamar class, all-weather, RNLI lifeboat.

Mr Broomhead added: "As a charity, the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies for income and 60% of our income comes from legacies.

"We are so grateful to Mrs Taylor for remembering the RNLI and Tenby in particular in her will. Her legacy will live on saving lives at sea for many years to come."

Mrs Taylor also funded the two previous inshore lifeboats at Tenby in memory of her husband: the Stanley Taylor in 1993 and Georgina Stanley Taylor in 2001.

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