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RNLI award for the lady who launches at Buckie RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Anne Scott, RNLI Buckie’s lifeboat operations manager, has received a special award recognising her 20 years’ professional service to the Institution. Simon Ling, the RNLI’s Head of Lifeboats, presented the award during an operational assurance visit to the lifeboat station.

Jason Hedges, Aberdeen Journals Ltd.

Anne Scott was presented by Simon Ling and Henry Weaver from the RNLI, and was joined by the volunteer crew at Buckie RNLI.

Mr Ling had done his homework: he came armed with tributes to Anne from her former line manager Alison Byers, from area lifesaving manager Henry Weaver and from Buckie’s coxswain, Davie Grant. Having cited these tributes, he said it was “an absolute honour” to present Anne with her award.

Although the award recognises Anne’s 20 years of employed service, in truth her contribution to the RNLI somewhat predates this: she first volunteered at a fundraising event ‘sometime in the 1970s’ at the former Cromarty Lifeboat Station where her father was a volunteer lifeboat mechanic.

Anne joined the RNLI’s staff in 2001 as an administrative assistant before being promoted to fundraising manager in 2004. She continued to serve in this role, supporting RNLI lifeboat stations and their fundraising teams from Aberdeen to Aith in Shetland, and from Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris to Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire.

Mrs Scott retired from RNLI employment in 2021, but immediately returned to a volunteer role: as Lifeboat Operations Manager at Buckie Lifeboat Station, it is she who authorises the lifeboat to launch and who oversees all aspects of the RNLI’s operations in the town.

“We call Anne ‘the lady who launches’,” says Davie Grant, coxswain of Buckie Lifeboat. “It is Anne who hits the big button that sets off all our pagers us and sends us on our missions to save lives at sea.”

From everyone at RNLI Buckie, and from the community as a whole, Anne: thank you for your years of service so far – we look forward to many more years of your valued leadership at Buckie Lifeboat Station.

Photos copyright and by kind permission of The Press and Journal

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