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Family affair for RNLI lifeguards in Scotland

Lifeguards News Release

Following their father into the RNLI, the children of Martin McQueenie, RNLI Trainer Assessor and Swim Safe Coordinator for Scotland, are in final preparations ahead of the charity’s beach lifeguard season in Scotland.


Keeping the RNLI in the family

Tamzin, Martin’s eldest child who joined the RNLI lifeguard team in 2017, will hopefully be joined by both her younger brothers for the first time this year. Owen took to the beaches for his first season in 2019, while their youngest brother, Ruaridh is currently in training with the hope to join later this summer.

All three siblings have grown up in and around the water and support their dad in running Momentum Surf School as qualified surf and stand-up paddleboard instructors and assistants.

Joining the RNLI in 2016 before taking on the role of senior lifeguard as well as his current role in 2017, Martin said: ‘It was the natural progression for the kids to follow me into the RNLI. They have gained wonderful life skills and values, which are greatly transferable, and I couldn’t be more proud of them as hardworking, considerate and polite individuals.’

Tamzin, Owen and the rest of the RNLI lifeguard team for Scotland can be found on eight beaches in Fife, Tayside and the Borders from June until September.


Notes to editors

· RNLI lifeguards will be on the following beaches across Scotland from May 28; Silver Sands and Coldingham, as well as St Andrews East Sands, St Andrews West Sands, Elie Harbour, Burntisland, Leven and Broughty Ferry from June 18.

RNLI media contacts

Claire Thomson, RNLI Media Engagement Placement (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]

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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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