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Islay RNLI welcomes new lifeboat president

Lifeboats News Release

On the evening of 24 November 2022, Islay RNLI welcomed Leonie Schroder as the new president of Islay RNLI. Leonie follows in the footsteps of her late father Bruno Schroder.

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Islay RNLI welcome their new president

Members of Islay RNLI’s committee, crew and fundraisers, alongside some of the wider RNLI team, met at Islay lifeboat station to welcome Leonie as the new president. The Schroder family are the owners of Dunlossit Estate on Islay and long-time supporters of Islay RNLI. Islay's lifeboat station and mooring are situated at Port Askaig below Dunlossit Castle. Both Islay lifeboats, The Helmut Schroder and currently serving Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II, were generously funded by the Schroder family, and named after Bruno’s father.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Islay McEachern, commented: “The support has been immense over the years from the Schroder family. Their financial support has ensured we have the most efficient and safest vessels suited to the area. All at Islay RNLI look forward to working with Leonie and the Schroder family in the next chapter of Islay’s history.”.

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