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Aberdeen RNLI hits its target in Inshore Lifeboat funding appeal

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeen branch of the RNLI has reached its £52,000 fund-raising target to replace the station’s ageing Inshore Lifeboat (ILB).

Aberdeen’s 9 year-old D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) on a recent exercise off Aberdeen. The new ILB, due on station in August 2018, will be replacement of identical design.

RNLI/Fennel Media (Aberdeen)

Aberdeen’s 9 year-old D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) on a recent exercise off Aberdeen. The new ILB, due on station in August 2018, will be replacement of identical design.

The 5 metre-long ILB is the busier of Aberdeen’s two lifeboats due to its special capability of operating close inshore and up Aberdeen’s two river estuaries.

Aberdeen’s current Inshore Lifeboat and its crew have already saved three young women’s lives in 2017, when a gale-force offshore wind blew their paddle-boards uncontrollably out to sea off Aberdeen beach on 14th March.

The fund-raising project was expected to take 18 months but has exceeded all expectations by achieving its goal in 10 months.

“Everyone at the RNLI is hugely grateful to the people and businesses of Aberdeen for contributing to this special appeal,” says Aberdeen lifeboat coxswain, Davie Orr. “The fundraising effort is, frankly, never-ending: we still need to raise further funds for crew equipment and training on the new craft. But this is an important milestone passed.”

The Aberdeen ILB Appeal was boosted with help from RigDeluge’s ‘Rally Round for the Lifeboat’ project, the ‘Glamour, Glitz and Bubbles’ charity event organised by long-time fundraising supporter Audrey Wood, and substantial donations from Xcite and EnQuest.

Aberdeen Lifeboat Station had its busiest year on record in 2016, with 41 call-outs on active search and rescue missions.

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