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Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week 2017

Lifeboats News Release

The ever popular Lifeboat week will be held again this year in the picturesque setting of Portpatrick Harbour, on the West tip of Dumfries and Galloway.

Portaptrick Lifeboat Week


Portpatrick Lifeboat Week

The annual event will take place this year between Sunday 30 July and Saturday 5 August, with a wide range of activities to suit all age groups. There will be opportunities to participate in energetic activities such as the four mile family fun run or Zumba dancing, or more relaxed events such as the scruff’s pet show and Portpatrick’s got talent competition. There are plenty of other events taking place as detailed in the attached programme. Volunteer crew members, when available, will be on hand to show people around the state of the art Portpatrick Lifeboat, the John Buchannan Barr.

The week will draw to a finale on Saturday with the combined exercise with the Portpatrick ALB, Stranraer ILB and the HM coastguard Helicopter. Portpatrick Lifeboat week is one of the top fund raising events for the RNLI, and is run almost entirely by volunteers who put in many hours of their time to ensure the continuing success of this popular event.

Notes to editors

. For more information please contact Phil Bestjan, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07793 025793 or

Portpatrick Lifeboat


Portpatrick Lifeboat

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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