RNLI Operations Committee visit Longhope Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

Every five years the charity's Operations Committee conducts a programme of coast review.

Mary Harris

Members of RNLI Longhope with Operations Committee

All RNLI stations are included in this review and on October 10 2016 it was the turn of Longhope. The main aim of this review is to establish that the RNLI is meeting search and rescue needs and public donations are being used in the most effective way.

It was a very successful and interesting meeting which was led by the Chairman, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence with valuable input from representatives from the Operations, Engineering and Asset Management and the Community Lifesaving teams.

With members from RNLI Longhope volunteer lifeboat crew, the Management Committee and Lifeboat Guild, various issues were discussed including recent activities of the lifeboat and its performance, changes and developments in our area, community engagement and education in water safety, fundraising and the ongoing modernization programme of the RNLI. .

We all thought it a very worthwhile meeting in which we were given the opportunity ask questions, make suggestions or express opinions. After some home bakes from the guild there was time for a quick visit to the Longhope Lifeboat Disaster Memorial and the Longhope Lifeboat Museum before the committee departed.

RNLI media contacts:

Mary Harris, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Longhope, 07709 692811, maryharris3pg@btinternet.com

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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