A new coxswain for RNLI Longhope
Local man, Scott Johnston has been confirmed as the next coxswain of the Longhope lifeboat.
‘I’d been on the lifeboat as a teenager but, as a recently returning member of the crew, I worried that an application for the coxswain role might not be taken seriously.’ says Scott.
‘It was a very different experience from being a crew member on the Helen Comrie in Longhope. The Severn Class is a much larger boat with an unfamiliar layout.’ said Scott. ‘The crew were supportive, but the exercise was not without surprises and my ability to adapt and react to changing situations and work with different personalities was definitely tested!’ he continued.
Former Longhope coxswain, Kevin Kirkpatrick, said ‘I was delighted when Scott told me he was considering applying for the coxswain’s role at Longhope. I wish him all the best with his training and for the future.’
Scott is joiner by trade and had worked on the Orkney Mainland for some years, but was very glad to return to the isles. He is currently building a new home for his family in Brims, but is looking forward with enthusiasm to a change of career, working at RNLI Longhope in the heart of the island community that he values so much.
‘I want to encourage and inspire new generations to become part of our volunteer crew at Longhope and continue the legacy of saving lives at sea.’ he concluded.
Scott will officially begin training in his role as the next coxswain of the Longhope lifeboat on 20 June 2022.
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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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