Tobermory RNLI keeps it in the 'lifeboat family' as navigator and fundraiser wed

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI Navigator, Mick Stirling and Fundraising Chair, Nettie Wood, got married on Saturday 14th September giving a new meaning to the phrase 'lifeboat family'.

RNLI/Sam Jones

Both Mick and Nettie are longstanding volunteers at Tobermory Lifeboat Station. As well as being a navigator on Tobermory's Severn Class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, Mick is one of three trainee coxswains at the station. Nettie is a stalwart of Tobermory's fundraising group and has been its chair for the last few years. Nettie's grandfather served as a coxswain on the Longhope RNLI lifeboat.

Station Coxswain David McHaffie said, 'Although the weather was dreich, the rain did nothing to dampen the spirits on a very special day for Mick and Nettie. All of us at the station wish them both the very best for their future together'.

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Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or [email protected]

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