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Tobermory lifeboat volunteers exercise with fundraising sea kayaker Nick Ray

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday night, Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew had the opportunity to train with sea kayak guide Nick Ray who in 2015 kayaked around the Scottish coastline visiting all 47 lifeboat stations, a journey of more than 2000 miles, raising more than £4000 in the process.

Tobermory RNLI volunteer crew training with Nick Ray

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Tobermory RNLI volunteer crew training with Nick Ray

Nick, a member of Tobermory RNLI’s fundraising group and a Deputy Launching Authority at the station, attended the crew's weekly training night together with his kayaking equipment. The lifeboat crew went through a number of kayak scenarios with the assistance of Nick to familiarise themselves with different methods of assisting a kayaker in difficulty.

Nick will be paddling to raise funds for the RNLI again in the not too distant future when he undertakes a solo sea kayak journey of 290km from Oban to Troon, including climbing the island peaks of Ben More on Mull, the Paps on the Isle of Jura and Goat Fell on Arran. Nick’s objective is to raise £2000 to enable Tobermory RNLI to purchase a sophisticated mannequin to practise CPR and other lifesaving skills on during casualty care training.

Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones said: ‘It is great to have Nick quite literally ‘on board’ in so many ways: as a Deputy Launching Authority, an RNLI fundraiser and as a local sea kayak guide. The number of incidents involving kayakers not only on our patch but also around the coast is on the increase due to the growing popularity of the sport. We’re very grateful to Nick for giving up his time this week to help our crew hone their skills.’

You can find out more about Nick’s forthcoming Scottish Island Peaks Challenge at http://www.lifeafloat.co.uk/scottish-islands-peaks/.

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or via samantha_jones@rnli.org.uk

RNLI fundraiser and Tobermory DLA, Nick Ray

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RNLI fundraiser and Tobermory DLA, Nick Ray

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