Kirkwall RNLI celebrate 50 years of saving lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer RNLI crew past and present along with supporters came together on Saturday 3 September at the Royal British Legion to mark 50 years of saving lives at sea from the station in Kirkwall.

A group of crew members from Kirkwall RNLI can be seen at the event to celebrate 50 years of saving lives at sea.

RNLI/Charlotte Derra

Crew members, past and present, joined in the celebrations

The event included volunteer crew members from the station’s inception 50 years ago through to today, and was funded through donations from the local community and attendees.

The evening commenced with speeches commemorating the history of the station and looked forward, focusing on the crew of today who continue to help save lives at sea.

An incredible £3060 was raised through an auction and raffle comprised of donations from local businesses for the RNLI.

Mike Cooper Lifeboat Operations Manager at Kirkwall RNLI said:

“50 years is a significant milestone for the station and to have so many past and present crew attend our celebration helps to highlight the dedication and commitment of volunteers nationwide”

“Our local fundraising teams, who are the backbone of the RNLI, were also very much involved in the celebrations.”

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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 over 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 142,200 lives.


People can be seen seated at tables at the event, with the room decorated with RNLI Flags and bunting.

RNLI/Charlotte Derra

An auction was hosted by RNLI Kirkwall crew members, Graham Campbell, and Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Cooper, raising over £3,000.
A gentleman can be seen cutting a 50th anniversary cake presented on a table covered in an RNLI flag.

RNLI/Natasha Bennett

50th anniversary cake, donated by Argus Bakery, can be seen being cut by past crew member, Captain William Sinclair, who received two bronze medals as Coxswain for his rescues.

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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