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Kirkwall RNLI seeks news Volunteer Press Officer

Lifeboats News Release

Kirkwall RNLI Lifeboat Station is recruiting for a new Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer to help raise awareness for the incredible lifesaving work in Kirkwall.

A logo for the 50th year of Kirkwall RNLI

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Kirkwall RNLI is celebrating 50 years in 2022.

The lifeboat station in Kirkwall operates its all-weather Severn class lifeboat Margaret Foster from the West Pier and in 2021, the volunteer crew responded to 18 shouts. This year, the station will be celebrating its 50th year of saving lives at sea.

Crewed by volunteers, funded by public donations and answering the call of help day or night whatever the weather, the RNLI has an incredible story to tell. Could you be the person to help tell how volunteers in your community are working to save lives at sea?

Mike Cooper, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Kirkwall Lifeboat Station, says: ‘This year is an incredibly exciting one for us here at Kirkwall RNLI as we celebrate our 50th year of service.

‘The Lifeboat Press Officer role is an exciting opportunity for the right individual who wants to help support their local lifeboat station and contribute to saving lives at sea.’

The role of Lifeboat Press officer is to build and maintain friendly relationships with local press, radio, television and online media, keeping the community informed of operational activity by promoting newsworthy rescues and lifeboat station events.

If you have good communication, writing and IT skills and you are interested in finding out more, please contact Natasha Bennett, Regional Media Officer for Scotland at [email protected] or follow this link to apply:


Notes to editors

· Kirkwall Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1972. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

RNLI media contacts

Claire Thomson, RNLI Media Engagement Placement for Scotland, 07929673286, [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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.