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A NEW lifeboat will be unveiled later this month.

The £48,000 D-Class lifeboat is being named Jacob and dedicated to service at a ceremony at Hayling Island RNLI station.

It will be almost exactly 150 years since the first RNLI lifeboat was named on Hayling on September 13, 1865.

The cost of the boat was met by a legacy from Ivy Jacob, who lived on Hayling Island and died aged 90.

It replaces ‘Amanda, James and Ben’, which has been at the station since 2005 but which now has to be replaced with an upgraded lifeboat to meet operational standards.

Jonathan Bradbury, lifeboat operations manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to have a new lifeboat with the latest state-of-the art navigation equipment.’

The ceremony takes place at 2pm on September 19.