An assistant tractor driver at the Ramsey lifeboat station on the Isle of Man, Malcolm MacDonald, won first prize in the RNLI’s Photographer of the Year competition for his picture of the station’s Mersey class lifeboat ready to launch on the boathouse slipway.
Mr MacDonald said: ‘The lifeboat Ann and James Richie (pictured here) was being kept on the slip while the boathouse was being painted and it looked so good. The boat is nearly 20 years old and still looks new, which is a testament to how well the crew look after and respect the boat and I wanted to show this in the photo. The competition aims to find pictures that reflect the lifesaving work of the RNLI. Volunteers and crew send in pictures to compete in four categories: Rescues, People, Fleet and Stations. The overall winner is picked from the winners of each category and the awards were announced at the London Boat Show in January. Mr MacDonald won the Fleet category and runner-up in this category was Dave Manship, of the shore crew at the Staithes and Runswick lifeboat station.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - March 2011 Issue
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