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RNLI wishes all its Scottish supporters a happy St Andrew’s Day

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Lauren Hockey
Public Relations Officer at Poole HQ.

Start quoteThere are 46 lifeboat stations in Scotland, with the most northerly being Aith, Shetland. Last year alone, Scottish lifeboat crews carried out 1,010 rescues, with 848 people assisted and 38 lives saved. End quote

Lifeboats News Release

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  • Author: Lauren Hockey

St Andrew’s Day is celebrated by Alexander as his father, RNLI lifeboat crew member Jock Anderson, from Tobermory, looks proudly on.

There are 46 lifeboat stations in Scotland, with the most northerly being Aith, Shetland. Last year alone, Scottish lifeboat crews carried out 1,010 rescues, with 848 people assisted and 38 lives saved.

Jock’s station, Tobermory, was originally opened in 1938, but closed nine years later, only to reopen in 1990. Today's Severn class lifeboat, The Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, carries out rescues to both leisure and commercial vessels, and the crew launched on service ten times over the course of 2011. 

Tobermory also lays claim to the RNLI’s youngest Coxswain - 25-year-old Andrew McHaffie joined the crew back in 2008, and was appointed as full time Coxswain following a rigorous selection process in October of this year. This included taking command of Oban’s Trent Class lifeboat and her crew for an exercise, a challenging feat not least for the fact that Oban’s class of lifeboat was different to the one that Andrew was used to being in control of.

RNLI Divisional Inspector for Scotland, Paul Jennings said at the time: ‘Andrew is an experienced member of the Tobermory crew and has been Deputy Second Coxswain since January 2011. He has benefitted from the world class training provided by the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, and passed a rigorous selection process with flying colours. Andrew is hugely respected by the Tobermory crew and I know he will be an asset not only to the station but to the RNLI as a whole.’

Scottish RNLI crew members have also been awarded for their bravery this year. Three crew members at Anstruther will receive gallantry medals for their part in a rescue that saved the lives of lives of two people from a motor vessel driven ashore in complete darkness and heavy breaking seas near St Andrews – a fitting link to this national day.


RNLI media contacts
For further information, please contact Lauren Hockey, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 336194 or by email at lauren_hockey@rnli.org.uk or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, on 07771 943026 or by email at henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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