RNLI Kinghorn Lifeboat 2017 Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers will host their annual Open Day on Saturday, 22nd July, and would love to see as many people as possible at the beach.

Kinghorn lifeboat on exercise

Kirsty McLachlan

Kinghorn Lifeboat, B-836 Tommy Niven

The Open Day – the highlight of the fundraising calendar in Kinghorn – will begin at 12pm and feature many attractions, including rescue demonstrations by the lifeboat and other local emergency services, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Newfoundland rescue dog demonstrations, beach games, and stalls.

Crewmember, Neil Chalmers said, ‘This promises to be a great day out for the whole family. We have many of our usual stalls this year, as well as popular attractions including beach games, Fire Service, Coastguard, Ambulance, Police, and a yellow welly throwing competition. We’re also looking forward to seeing the Newfoundland rescue dogs displaying their canine rescue skills.

‘We will also welcome British Divers Marine Life Rescue this year for the first time and they will be providing information on their aim to help whales and dolphins and other marine life.

‘The duty volunteer lifeboat crew will demonstrate their capabilities during two exciting displays.

‘We will also have safety demonstrations on the beach, highlighting some of the risks of water and telling people about the RNLI’s campaign, Respect the Water.

‘It costs around £485,000 per day to operate the RNLI, and fundraising events like these are essential to maintain it.

‘The RNLI charity saved the lives of 431 people in 2016. This was only possible by the continued generosity of our supporters, so why not come along with your whole family, have a great day at the beach, whilst learning more about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and supporting your local station and the service the volunteers provide.’

The fundraising committee are also looking for plants and good quality bric-a-brac to help raise funds for the RNLI. These can be handed in to the boathouse on Friday night or Saturday morning before 10am.

We hope to see as many people there as possible!

Notes to editors

  • Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/kinghorn

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274 or press.officer@kinghorn.org.uk or Richard Smith on 07786 668903 or at Richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk or Henry Weaver henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Crewmember Neil Chalmers

Kirsty Mclachlan

Neil Chalmers

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