Have you ever wondered how it feels to be a member of a lifeboat crew? Or what kit we carry aboard our RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats?
There’s an opportunity to see behind the scenes at Troon RNLI lifeboat station, on Saturday 16 July 2022 from 12pm until 5pm, as the station opens its doors to the public for our Open Day.
Tour the lifeboat station, see aboard our Trent class all-weather and D class inshore lifeboats while meeting our volunteer crew.
Troon RNLI lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said, ‘With the lifeboat station open to the public you’ll be able to speak to the volunteer crew and find out about the variety of callouts that the lifeboat crew attend while looking at the history of the RNLI in Troon since 1871 which is displayed throughout the station.
To celebrate 150 years of the RNLI in Troon and to start our open day this year we are doing something different as between 10am-12pm there will be a lifeboat pull through the streets of Troon of the William Riley lifeboat.
The William Riley lifeboat is a 2.7 ton 34 foot Rubie class lifeboat, which was built in 1909, will be pulled along North Shore Road, Barassie Street, Portland Street and Ayr Street to the South Esplanade to show how lifeboats used to be launched.
Speaking about the lifeboat pull former Troon Lifeboat Coxswain Ian Johnson said, ‘As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the RNLI in Troon, a re-enactment of the day that our first lifeboat May Sinclair arrived in Troon in 1871 is a fitting way to start this years Open Day.’
The William Riley lifeboat will be on the lifeboat pontoon from 1pm until 3pm on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July from 12 -4pm where a booking system will be in place to give people an opportunity to row the lifeboats (subject to weather conditions)
In addition to our Open Day, and as part of the 150th anniversary events, there will also be an exhibition in Troon library from Monday 11th July until Saturday 20th August 2022 detailing the history of the RNLI in Troon from 1871 until 2021.
Key facts about the RNLI
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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.