Liferaft survival challenge underway in Portland Marina

Charity fundraiser Wayne Ingram has spent his first night living in a liferaft in Portland Marina to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Portland Marina has an extra special guest this week, but it’s not an Olympic sailing yacht or a millionaire’s motorboat.

Instead, the South Coast marina is playing host to charity fundraiser Wayne Ingram and his latest challenge.

The prolific do-gooder has taken to the water in a four-man Ocean Safety liferaft, which will be his home until Bank Holiday Monday (May 25).

He hopes to raise a grand total of £20,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, which will be going towards their family centre.

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What’s more, his efforts will be studied by a team from the University of Portsmouth, who hope to learn more about how the human body reacts to a shipwreck situation.

In order to simulate the conditions of being stranded at sea, Wayne will survive on 1.5-litres of water and just 24 hours worth of food, spread across three ration packs.

He hopes to supplement these meagre supplies by catching fish with a survival fishing kit and purifying seawater by using a reverse osmosis pump.

We will be closely following Wayne’s efforts all this week and his full story of seven days in a liferaft will be published in an upcoming edition of Motor Boat & Yachting.

To donate to Wayne’s liferaft survival challenge, visit his JustGiving page or for more info, head to


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