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Somerset student to visit Island on electric powerboat trip around UK

It’s reported he’ll need more than 40 charging stops during the journey

A student embarking on a trip around the UK in an electric boat to demonstrate the potential of zero-emissions engines plans to stop at the Isle of Man.

16-year-old Harry Besley, from Somerset, is due to undertake the challenge this summer.

It’s reported he’ll need more than 40 charging stops during the journey.

He told the BBC: "I was fed up with going out in boats and knowing that we are causing harm to the environment."

"I knew that there would be a solution and I just need to find it. I did some research and found that there were electric motors but I didn't know why people weren't using them instead of petrol engines.

"I realised there wasn't the charging infrastructure and awareness for these motors to actually be a viable solution.

"Hence the Round Britain eRIB Challenge which encourages locations around the UK install charging infrastructure and demonstrates the capabilities of electric boats."

Harry will be 17 when he attempts the record.

The route will start west along the south coast of England, north past Wales, stop at the Isle of Man and across to Northern Ireland, through the Caledonian Canal then south down the east of Scotland and England and back to the south coast.

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