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Long service recognised at Queensferry Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

A volunteer Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) from Queensferry RNLI Lifeboat Station has been recognised for his 40 years of active service to the RNLI in a ceremony in Perth.

On Thursday 9th June, Donald Quate was presented with the Long Service Award for his dedication over the years to the charity that is such a big part of his life. Joining the station as a volunteer crew member in 1976, Donald then became a helm for the Queensferry Lifeboat in 1980 and served actively for 12 years. After this he moved into the role of DLA, and still maintains this role as a part of RNLI Queensferry.

In one of his most memorable call-outs as a helm, Donald remembers being tasked in the early hours of a Saturday morning to a yacht that had run aground on the Drum Sands between South Queensferry and Cramond. The crew of the vessel had mistaken the lights of Hound Point Oil Terminal for the lights of Dalgety Bay and this led them to sail through increasingly shallow waters in a falling tide. When they therefore ran aground their confusion caused them give an incorrect position to the coastguard as they were requesting assistance and because of this it took the lifeboat some time to find the yacht. By the time the RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat located the vessel it was fully on its side on the sand and two crew were recovered safely onto the lifeboat.

Donald is an integral part of the RNLI Queensferry family although no biscuits are safe when he is around! All at the station are very proud of his achievement.

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Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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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 Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 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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