View as PDF

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,

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903,

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland