‘RNL-I-do!’: an engaging training session

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Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew member Kirsty Noble faced a surprise proposal from her boyfriend at the weekend whilst out on a training exercise with fellow volunteers at Aberdeen RNLI, who were in on the plan.

Kirsty's boyfriend Sam proposes during a weekend training exercise

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Kirsty's boyfriend Sam proposes during a weekend training exercise

On the training exercise which took place on Saturday morning, Kirsty was landed at Fishmarket Quay where she expected to be faced with a practice scenario as part of her training. Instead, she was surprised to find boyfriend Sam Main, not a crew member, but who had dressed in RNLI yellow as part of the surprise.

Sam was quickly down on one knee, ring in hand, asking Kirsty to marry him. Kirsty enthusiastically accepted the proposal – to loud cheering and applause from the entire lifeboat crew, who had been in on the ruse all along.

Kirsty Noble, a website designer by profession, is two years into her training and is a regular volunteer crew-member on both of Aberdeen RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats.

Speaking of the surprise proposal, Kirsty said ‘Surprised is an understatement; it was an amazing occasion and to spend it with my best friends was very special.’

Her relieved fiancé Sam added, ‘It was an amazing day and I’m delighted that she said yes! A lot of planning went into the day and I’m so happy that it all went to plan. I’m really grateful to the whole RNLI team for all their help in making it possible!’

Aberdeen Lifeboat coxswain Davie Orr congratulated the couple warmly, saying: ‘Aberdeen’s volunteer lifeboat crew is a very close-knit team - we go through the highs and lows of search and rescue missions together. This was a special opportunity to share in the happiness of one of our own. We all wish Kirsty and Sam every happiness.’

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Midsummer sun helped the ring sparkle

RNLI/Mark Gray

Midsummer sun helped the ring sparkle
Newly engaged Sam and Kirsty join crewmates onboard the RNLI lifeboat 'Bon Accord' for a photo

RNLI/Mark Gray

Newly engaged Sam and Kirsty join crewmates onboard the RNLI lifeboat 'Bon Accord' for a photo
Newly engaged: Sam and Kirsty on the front of the lifeboat

RNLI/Mark Gray

Newly engaged: Sam and Kirsty on the front of the lifeboat

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