Portpatrick lifeboat helps another rescue organisation celebrate in the sun

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew from Portpatrick RNLI have helped a neighbouring independent rescue service celebrate an important milestone.

Robert McQueen, right, coxswain of Portpatrick RNLI, and volunteer second mechanic Billy McEwen, present George McKenzie, of PIRSAC, with a bottle of whisky.

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Robert McQueen, right, coxswain of Portpatrick RNLI, and volunteer second mechanic Billy McEwen, present George McKenzie, of PIRSAC, with a bottle of whisky.

The Port William Inshore Rescue Service (PIRSAC) held an Open Day to mark the 40th anniversary of operating an independent lifesaving service in Luce Bay and Wigtown Bay, Wigtownshire.

Portpatrick RNLI, which is more than 140 years old, took its Tamar class lifeboat John Buchanan Barr along to the celebrations on Saturday 22 June.

Robert McQueen, Portpatrick’s coxswain, said: ‘We were delighted to go along and to support our neighbouring volunteer service. Our RNLI volunteers work in partnership with PIRSAC to ensure that the public can remain safe along our coastline.

‘Their volunteers, just like ours, operate on a 24/7 365 days a year which means there is always help available if anyone finds themselves in trouble.

‘We would like to remind the public that they should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard who will then alert the most appropriate lifesaving service.’

Pic Caption: Robert McQueen, right, coxswain of Portpatrick RNLI, and volunteer second mechanic Billy McEwen, present George McKenzie, of PIRSAC, with a bottle of whisky. Picture credit Portpatrick RNLI Peter Robinson.

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