A new children’s book is inspired by the RNLI lifeboats that are a landmark of life on the North Antrim coast.
ee the Little Lifeboat, written by Dr Martin O’Kane and illustrated by artist Alice Rohdich, tells the story of the smallest lifeboat in the RNLI family, which carries two limbs and is known as D- boat.
The small size of the boat sparked an idea in Dr O’Kane’s mind for a Portrush-based lifeboat adventure.
Dee is often left behind by her older brothers as they go out to save those in trouble at sea and wonders if she is of any use to the community around her. But she soon gets her day in the spotlight when she is called to her rescue with the help of Sam the Seagull.
Ballycastle GP Dr O’Kane, who has also worked at the local Covid Center and has been a Lifeboat Medical Advisor for the RNLI since 2018, came up with the idea of raising money for the cause and unleashing his interest in creative writing when he was relaxing with a cup of coffee overlooking the East Strand in Portrush. After Dr O’Kane wrote his story, he shared evidence with friends who encouraged him to speak to local artist Alice Rohdich to ask him to team up on illustrations.
“I wanted to celebrate the magnificent landscape so beautifully captured by Alice which embodies the Antrim Coast,” he said.
“The local lifeboat crew continued to selflessly respond to calls during the lockdown and I also felt it was important to reiterate the RNLI’s Float to Live message for children enjoying our beautiful beaches. . It has been a pleasure bringing Dee and her friends to life for the children to share in her exciting adventure. “
Portrush souvenir shop owner Ms Rohdich, whose husband Damian was an award-winning RNLI crew member, said she was asked to illustrate a book during the lockdown was “perfect timing” as she didn’t have to work in the store which has been a family business since 1887.
The Boat Adventure takes little Dee from Portrush to Rathlin and features well-known buildings in Portrush such as Barry’s and Arcadia recreated by Mrs. Rohdich.
“Dee the Little Lifeboat is much more than a very important message about safety at sea,” she said. Little Dee and Sam became Ms. Rohdich’s steadfast companions as she portrayed the story of “belief, friendship and dreams” against the backdrop of the coastline.
The finished product will officially launch tomorrow at Arcadia in Portrush at 2 p.m., where Dr. O’Kane will read the book to children. The book will go on sale for £ 9.95 at Arcadia in Portrush; Souvenir, rue Causeway; Rohdich Souvenir Shop, Main Street and Indigo Cafe, Eglinton Street.
The book can be ordered through Dee the Little Lifeboat’s social networks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using Paypal.