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Doc Martin star presents cheque at Port Isaac RNLI Annual Summer Service

Lifeboats News Release

Port Isaac RNLI station have celebrated the 150th anniversary of the foundation of their lifeboat service and received magnificent donations from the public and Doc Martin star Ian McNeice.

RNLI/Port Isaac

Doc Martin star Ian McNeice presenting a cheque to Port Isaac Chairman Bob Bulgin BEM and Senior Crew Member Nicki Bradbury with fellow station officials and crew members.

The volunteer crew were joined by members of the public on the Harbour Platt for their annual summer thanksgiving service and blessing of the lifeboat on Sunday 11 June. This year was a particularly special service as they celebrated 150 years of operation, with £1,000 raised during the service alone.

They were joined by Doc Martin star Ian McNeice (who plays Bert Large in the ITV medical comedy drama), who has spent a considerable amount of time in the village during filming for the show. He has been a generous supporter of the RNLI, having assisted at many of Port Isaac Station’s fundraising events and promoting the work of the charity and its volunteer crews. Chairman Bob Bulgin and Senior Crew Member Nicki Bradbury were thrilled to accept a cheque from Ian for £1,500, bringing the total raised on the day to a wonderful £2,500.

Chairman and Lifeboat Press Officer Bob Bulgin said: ‘We’d like to thank everyone who was able to attend the lifeboat service, with extra special thanks to Ian McNeice for another fantastic donation.’

RNLI notes to editors

The enclosed photo shows Doc Martin star Ian McNeice presenting a cheque to Port Isaac Chairman Bob Bulgin BEM and Senior Crew Member Nicki Bradbury with fellow station officials and crew members.

RNLI media contacts

For further information, please contact Port Isaac RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Bob Bulgin at or Deputy RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Faye Archell on 01637 857957.

Port Isaac lifeboat station

Situated in a 700-year-old fishing village, Port Isaac has seen lifeboats launching off the north Cornish coast for over 100 years. Today the station operates an inshore D class lifeboat. Since the introduction of this lifeboat in 1967, 342 people have been rescued from 666 operational launches.

This station is classed as a Discover station. Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months.

To find out more about Port Isaac RNLI station and upcoming events, please visit

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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