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Griff Rhys Jones launches new Essex lifeboat

Griff Rhys Jones on the new lifeboat in West Mersea. Photo: ITV News Anglia

Griff Rhys Jones has launched a new lifeboat in West Mersea in Essex.

The lifeboat is named 'Just George' after George Stribling from Weeley in Essex who donated £125,000 to build it.

The remaining £89,000 was fundraised locally.

It has a new navigation system radar and a sophisticated chart plotter to help locate those in distress

A heatwave is forecast next week and with it comes a warning that the weather can be unpredictable.

Martin Wade, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: "We will have people going out in a boat with a t-shirt and shorts in the morning but come later in the afternoon the weather can change and a storm can come through, their engine breaks down and all of a sudden they are in trouble. it is being prepared and having enough clothing on board."

Click below to watch Serena Sandhu's report