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Aith RNLI lifeboat Roger and Joy Freeman launched to search for small boat

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI relief lifeboat Roger and Joy Freeman was launched at approximately 7:37pm on Friday 21 July, to search for a small boat which was overdue, having left Walls around lunchtime.

Aith volunteer crew returning from a shout

RNLI/Liz Boxwell

Aith volunteer crew returning from a shout

However, the volunteer crew were stood down shortly afterwards, when the boat turned up safe and well.

Crew member Ivor Moffat said he was just thankful that the shout ended with a good outcome, as this reflected the purpose of the charity, to save lives at sea.

In 2016 there were 8851 RNLI lifeboat launches, and 23 people were rescued per day on average, with 431 lives saved.

Notes to Editors

Photo shows volunteer crew returning to RNLI Aith lifeboat station. Credit RNLI/Liz Boxwell

RNLI media contacts: Liz Boxwell, RNLI Aith volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07789 728874,

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

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

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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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.

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