A girl from Gateshead has won a 'once-in-a-lifetime' competition to name one of the RNLI's newest and most advanced lifeboats.
Thirteen-year-old Rachel Fairhurst won the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) competition for children to name one of the first Shannon class lifeboats after entering the name Storm Rider - which was shortlisted from entries from around the UK and Ireland to go through to the final along with four other naming suggestions.
Over 20,000 people then took part in an online vote to pick out the public's favourite. Rachel's 'Storm Rider' was a clear favourite, receiving two-thirds of the public vote.
Rachel and her family will now attend a special naming ceremony in spring 2014 at the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset.
Rachel got her naming inspiration following a trip to the Maritime Centre at Newbiggin-by-the-sea.
This is the first time in the RNLI’s history that the charity has run a competition to name one of its lifeboats.
Lifeboats are traditionally named by the person who donates the majority of the funding, but this lifeboat was funded by a public appeal.
The RNLI therefore felt that it was fitting that the public should decide on a name.