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Aith RNLI plays its part in Tall Ships celebrations

Lifeboats News Release

The crew - and vessel - of the Aith lifeboat took part in the recent community celebrations to welcome the Tall Ships Races back to Shetland.

Steven Spence

An international group of sail trainees enjoy a tour of the UK's most northerly RNLI lifeboat
Returning to the isles for the first time since 2011, the Tall Ships Races brought an international group of sail trainees to Shetland onboard a fleet of visiting Tall Ships.

Aith's Severn class lifeboat - the Charles Lidbury - was on hand to welcome some of the first arrivals to the Sail Yell festival at the Cullivoe Pier. There, the public had the opportunity to enjoy guided tours of the lifeboat and ask the crew about their voluntary work with the RNLI. This was a continuation of a longstanding historical tie between Aith RNLI and the fishing community of Cullivoe, which for many years invited the lifeboat to an annual summer gala.

Later in the week, groups of sail trainees taking part in westside bus tours were also given the chance to look around the vessel and the UK's most northerly lifeboat station in Aith to give them a better understanding of our community and it's maritime traditions.

Aith lifeboat coxswain John Robertson said:

"We are lucky to crew a lifeboat in such a nautically minded community as Shetland, which still understands and respects its connections to the sea - as well as the work of the RNLI. The return of the Tall Ships Races created a real buzz around Shetland, and it was nice to have the Aith lifeboat playing its part in these community celebrations.

"Thank you to all the event organisers who thought to include our volunteer crew."

RNLI/Daniel Lawson

Aith RNLI crew members Nick McCaffery, Magnus Johnston and Jonathan Collins on duty at the Sail Yell festival.

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