Southport Lifeboat launch donations appeal after boat destroyed by vandals

31st August 2020

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust is appealing for donations after an inflatable training boat was destroyed by vandals.

The inflatable D-Class lifeboat had previously seen 30 years of front line service but was more recently used as a permanent training aid, before the boat was slashed with multiple knife cuts by vandals.

SORT said: “Following our social-media post regarding the vandalism of our ex D-Class lifeboat, we have been inundated with messages of support from the people of Southport, local businesses and the surrounding community. As a crew, we are overwhelmed by the response of our supporters.

“We would like to thank everyone who has offered their support; through messages, donations, offers of storage for our equipment, security services and more.

“Unfortunately, the vessel is damaged beyond repair and it would be more cost-effective for the Trust to purchase a new training vessel. We have decided to fundraise for new training equipment and any support is very much appreciated.

“You can donate via the following link 

“Our thanks from all at SORT.”