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Barra Lifeboat Station donation

Lifeboats News Release

The Isle of Barra Lifeboat Station has received a massive donation of £8,750 from the friends and family and local community of Martin Johnstone who died alongside two crew mates when the fishing vessel MV Louisa sank off Mingulay on 9 April 2016.


The cheque presentation at the station

Mr Johnstone’s family raised the funds by holding a marathon line dancing fundraising event in the Royal British Legion in Thurso.

Barra Lifeboat was actively involved in the search for the crew of the MV Louisa.

The family stated that they had wanted to raise the funds in support of the Barra Lifeboat Station and their volunteer crew and to help others in the future.

Barra Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) Roderick MacLean said, ‘On behalf of Barra Lifeboat Station we are very appreciative of this magnificent sum that was raised in memory of Martin Johnstone and his crew mates Paul Alliston and Chris Morrison.

‘The family have asked that the sum be used towards our new building which we hope will be started next year.”

RNLI media contacts:

Eoin MacNeil, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Office at Barra, 01871810036 or 07772425854

Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

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

RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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