A former RNLI boat made a visit to Whitehaven last week.

The David and Elizabeth King and E.B. was operational between 1970 and 1988.

It was based at Longhope Lifeboat Station in Orkney until it was sold in 1990.

The boat was launched 77 times and saved 32 lives.

It visited the Whitehaven harbour on route to Liverpool on Friday.

The Solent class, self-righting lifeboat was built by Groves and Gutteridge of Cowes at a cost of £58,936 in 1970.

During her 18 years of service she took part in some dramatic rescues, including one in 1972 which lasted 29 hours. An Aberdeen trawler got into difficulty and eight crew members needed to be removed.

In 1974 the boat stood-by while a helicopter rescued nine men from the base of a 600-foot cliff.

The coxswain serving on the boat was John Leslie, who was awarded the Bronze medal for rescuing 11 men from the Ross Tern trawler, of Grimsby, which came ashore.