New Sea Fisheries Vessel To Be Named Today

The Matt Lethbridge, Scilly's new sea fisheries vessel

A £55,000 rigid inflatable boat that will police Scilly’s waters up to 6 miles off our islands will be named the Matt Lethbridge today.

The ceremony will be in honour of the former lifeboat coxswain and fisherman who pushed for Scilly to be allowed to look after it’s own fish stocks.

The 30-knot, 80hp twin-engined Humber, seven-metre Ocean Pro vessel was seen by the Queen yesterday.

Matt’s widow, Pat Lethbridge says she is very proud that the community has decided to name the vessel after her late husband.

And Matt’s daughter, Lucy Wilkins, told us her father would have been pleased with the new vessel and the way that Scilly has insisted on being independent from the mainland in it’s sea fisheries policy, something Matt fought so hard for.

The Lethbridge family will attend the short service, overseen by Council Chairman Mike Hicks at 2pm on Holgate’s Green.