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New dive boat christened with sauce for maiden voyage

PUBLISHED: 14:23 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 31 July 2018

At the launch of the new Rigid Inflatable Boat (Rib), with members of the British Sub Aqua Club's East Anglian Branch. Picture: MIKE THOMAS

At the launch of the new Rigid Inflatable Boat (Rib), with members of the British Sub Aqua Club's East Anglian Branch. Picture: MIKE THOMAS

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A new Rigid Inflatable Boat (Rib) to be used for diving was christened with a bottle of barbecue sauce because its owners did not want to waste a bottle of bubbly.

The new Rigid Inflatable Boat (Rib) launched by the British Sub Aqua Club's East Anglian Branch. Picture: MIKE THOMASThe new Rigid Inflatable Boat (Rib) launched by the British Sub Aqua Club's East Anglian Branch. Picture: MIKE THOMAS

The British Sub Aqua Club’s East Anglian Branch launched the boat, called Spare Rib, on Sunday, July 29, after buying the six metre Humber Destroyer with a grant from Sport England.

Mike Thomas, club chairman, said: “Being divers, we didn’t want to waste good champagne, so ‘Spare Rib’ was duly christened with a bottle of the finest barbecue sauce by Charles Barnwell, son of Julian Barnwell, one of our most experienced divers. A hardy group of members and friends braved the strengthening wind and rain to try out the new boat, which handled superbly.”

Philip Bailey and his team at Marine Weld in North Walsham fitted out the boat, which has safety equipment and will enable the club to explore dive sites further offshore. The club visits sites between Sheringham and Caister.

The new Rigid Inflatable Boat (Rib) launched by the British Sub Aqua Club's East Anglian Branch. Picture: MIKE THOMASThe new Rigid Inflatable Boat (Rib) launched by the British Sub Aqua Club's East Anglian Branch. Picture: MIKE THOMAS

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