250 calls for Loch Ness RNLI and a birthday to remember for one volunteer
Loch Ness RNLI embarked on their 250th call on Wednesday night (26 May) to locate an overdue kayaker. Answering this milestone call for the station was trainee crew member, Toby Stainton, who responded to his pager on the evening of his birthday.
The lifeboat was paged at 22:15pm and joined UK Coastguard teams in a search for the person. After a thorough search, the kayaker was located safely ashore.
The RNLI established a lifeboat station on Loch Ness back in 2008. During this time, the volunteers have completed a variety of rescues and saved lives. Station Operations Manager, Joanna Stebbings is immensely proud of her team and the difference they have made throughout the 13 years.
Joanna said: ‘This call marks the 250th time our volunteer crew have launched on service. Loch Ness is a very popular place for visitors from across the world and it gives us great satisfaction in knowing our charity have a lifeboat ready to launch to those in difficulty.’
Volunteers like Joanna and Toby help the RNLI provide a lifesaving service around the UK and Ireland. To support our charity, please visit; https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money/donate
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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