Falmouth Lifeboat Station has been left a "substantial sum of money" by a man who spent his life on the water.

Having grown up in Falmouth, Peter Webb spent a great deal of his time on the sea in one form or another.

A chief engineer by trade, he worked away on sea-oil platforms near Aberdeen. Once he retired, he moved back to Cornwall, settling in Mylor Bridge and buying a boat in the local harbour to spend as much of his retirement as possible out on the waters around Falmouth.

Before he died, Peter was keen to leave a substantial sum of money to his local RNLI station in Falmouth.

His sister Sue said: "As a sailing man, Peter knew that everyone who heads out on the water relies on the RNLI. He was a generous man, and wanted to ensure his legacy was that of helping others on the sea for years to come."

Sue has now met with representatives of Falmouth Lifeboat Station to present them with a cheque, from the legacy of Peter’s estate.

Last July, Falmouth’s crew were able to assist Peter’s family with the scattering of his ashes from the lifeboat into the seas where he used to sail so frequently.

Lifeboat operations manager Nick Lewis said of the donation: "It never ceases to amaze me of the generosity of individuals in the UK given the number of charitable organisations and the choice of the RNLI.

"In Falmouth we are very lucky and can't thank Sue and her brother Peter Webb enough for this very generous donation."