A new RNLI crew training boat will be officially named on Friday June 8 at a ceremony in Poole.

A new RNLI crew training boat will be officially named on Friday June 8 at a ceremony in Poole. It will be christened Robert S Ellsmoor, and will be used to train volunteers from the RNLI Lifeboat College.

The 13m boat, costing £0.45 million, was built by Hardy Marine, and is fitted with multi-function classroom areas and dedicated training consoles with electronic displays and radar. It can accommodate seven people overnight, so that crew members can complete training, including RYA exams, for which they have to spend three to five days at sea.