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Sun Shines for Stonehaven RNLI Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

Stonehaven RNLI crew opened the doors of their new shed to invited guests and the public on Saturday 30th April 2016.

After a lot of organisation and hard work to get ready for the opening day, they were thankful of a blue sky, sunny day. 
They were joined by the volunteer crew members from flank stations in Aberdeen and Montrose.  Both boats from these stations set sail on a lovely calm sea, co-ordinating their approach to meet at a set time.  A rendez vous point was set up for the three boats to meet and came ashore in turn to the delights of the crowd.  
The Stonehaven RNLI closed its doors in 1984 and on Saturday crewman from that era were reunited and tales from the ‘good old days’ were regaled. 
Crews, families and the public were treated to food and beverages whilst the Stonehaven crew showed both their kit and our boat, The Joyce and Jack Burcombe, to interested guests.   Both boats left Stonehaven with well fed, happy crew, ready to meet again soon at the next joint exercise.  
RNLI media contacts: 
Susan Leiper, Lifeboat Press Officer, Stonehaven on 07800 774965, and Lorraine Clark, Lifeboat Press Officer, Stonehaven on 07878 760633
Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or 
Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, 
RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Key facts about the RNLI

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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