North Sea drillers dig deep to donate £6,500 to RNLI Aberdeen Lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeen Lifeboat Station today received a £6,500 donation from the North Sea Chapter of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).

Gary Holman (centre left), vice chair of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) North Sea Chapter presents the £6,500 donation to Bill Deans MBE, Aberdeen lifeboat operations manager (centre right), with Aberdeen Lifeboat 2nd coxswain/mechanic Cal Reed (left), IADC administrator Edith McLeod and IADC North Sea director Derek Hart (right) looking on.

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Gary Holman (centre left), vice chair of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) North Sea Chapter presents the £6,500 donation to Bill Deans MBE, Aberdeen lifeboat operations manager (centre right), with Aberdeen Lifeboat 2nd coxswain/mechanic Cal Reed (left), IADC administrator Edith McLeod and IADC North Sea director Derek Hart (right) looking on.

IADC North Sea vice chair Gary Holman was on hand to make the presentation to Aberdeen Lifeboat operations manager, Bill Deans MBE, on board the city’s all-weather lifeboat Bon Accord.

Bill Deans said: “The IADC have been very generous over the years in supporting the RNLI’s work of saving lives at sea in Aberdeen. This donation from the North Sea drilling industry will make a significant contribution to vital equipment and training for Aberdeen’s volunteer lifeboat crews.”

Gary Holman said: “On behalf of our members we are pleased to be able to support the work of RNLI in Aberdeen. We have great admiration for the remarkable volunteers who give up so much of their time to make this service possible.“

Aberdeen Lifeboat Station has two lifeboats – the all-weather Severn class Bon Accord and the recently commissioned D-class inshore lifeboat Buoy Woody 85N. Aside from the capital cost of the lifeboats and the lifeboat station building, the charity has to raise around £250,000 in operating costs each year to train and equip the city’s 25 volunteer crew-members and to maintain and fuel the lifeboats themselves.

The RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, is entirely funded by charitable donations. If you, your business or your industry body would like to help, please contact aberdeeen@rnli.org.uk

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