One year on from its naming ceremony, the new Ilfracombe lifeboat has helped 30 people and saved two lives. Following a local £150,000 fundraising appeal for a new launch vehicle which reached its target in record time, the new Shannon class lifeboat was officially named The Barry and Peggy High Foundation after the generous legacy that made it possible. Mr High, the only living donor of an RNLI lifeboat, was recently presented with a picture of the boat at sea in recognition of his generosity. Since July last year, the Shannon has launched 22 times, assisted 30 people and saved two on its very first shout, plucking two yachtsmen to safety in rough seas. Coxswain Andrew Bengey recalled that incident and the most recent: By using a lot of our new equipment aboard we were able with the help our inshore lifeboat to float a injured jet skier into a stretcher and then lift him horizontally from the water using the A frame which we never had on our old Mersey, he said. None of this would have been possible without the support of our volunteers and families due to the vast amount of time given up to training this year. Full-time mechanic Leigh Hanks added: It seems difficult to remember a time when we didnt have the Shannon; she lends herself so well to all the rescues we carry out. Her amazing manoeuvrability, speed and technology has certainly raised the level of lifesaving cover on the North Devon coast. We are all looking forward to what the next year will bring. We never know what we might get called out to next, but we do know our new boat is the best boat around to deal with it and our crew are trained to deal with whatever we find.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.