Tenby Lions dive in with donation

21 Feb

Tenby Lions Club has dived in to give further support to a special team which is helping to tell Pembrokeshire’s remarkable flying boat story.

The Club has donated £500 to the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust Dive Group for the purchase of equipment which group members will use when diving on the Sunderland flying boat in the Haven waterway.

This is the second time that the Tenby Lions have supported the Dive Group with a donation. The cheque was presented by Lions President Lloyd Wilton who was joined by Lions Club member Clare Sunter.

Appropriately the presentation was made at the very popular Pembroke Dock Flying Boat Centre where many parts from Haven Sunderland T9044 are displayed. Over recent years many of the artefacts from T9044 now on display at the Centre were recovered from the wreck site by Dive Group members.

Dive Group Chairman Will Fenneberg said: “We are most grateful to Tenby Lions for their generosity once again. Their earlier donation was used to purchase face masks with built-in communications – essential equipment for us when we dive on the Sunderland. This new donation will be used to add to our special equipment.”

T9044 sank in a gale in 1940 and is the world’s forth surviving Sunderland, and the only genuine Battle of the Atlantic campaign survivor. The Flying Boat Centre is the only location in the UK where the story of flying boats, and especially the famousSunderland, is told in detail and it has attracted many thousands of visitors.

Weather conditions throughout 2012 prevented the Dive Group from making many of their planned dives on theSunderlandand the group is hoping that the new year will lead to much better diving conditions.

Added Will: “Whatever the conditions it is always a challenging dive on T9044, which is over 60 feet below the surface. We need the best equipment we can obtain and Tenby Lions have helped us considerably in this way. We are looking forward to good diving days in 2013 – they certainly can’t be any worse that in 2012.”