Troon RNLI lifeboat volunteer retires after 16 years service

Lifeboats News Release

Today (Wednesday 29 April 2020) Troon RNLI lifeboat station said farewell and happy retirement to our D Class mechanic and shore crew member Ian Donaldson after 16 years of volunteering for the RNLI.


Ian Donaldson retires after 16 years as shore crew and ILB mechanic
In 2004, with the arrival of our first D class inshore lifeboat, Troon lifeboat station needed shore crew to assist with the launch and recovery of the new inshore lifeboat. Ian answered this request and has been volunteering with the RNLI in Troon ever since.

For 16 years Ian, as D class mechanic, worked closely with the stations full time Coxswain and Mechanic to ensure the stations D Class inshore lifeboat was always ready to launch, carrying out routine maintenance and repairs when necessary. As RNLI shore crew Ian was on call 24/7 with the lifeboat crew, answering his pager on callouts to assist with the launch and recovery of all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboats.

Speaking about his retirement Ian said: ‘I’ve had many memorable moments during my time at Troon lifeboat, but my lasting memory will be the dedication and selflessness of the RNLI volunteers and the amazing support of the public, especially within Troon.’

Troon Lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said: ‘For the past 16 years, Ian has been a respected and dependable RNLI volunteer. On behalf of everyone at Troon lifeboat station I would like to wish Ian well on his retirement and I would like to thank him for the dedication he has shown over the years.’

RNLI Media contacts:

Andrew Limond, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Troon Lifeboat Station, 01292 314414 [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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