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RNLI Longhope Lifeboat show support for Burray & South Ronaldsay Lifeboat Guild

Lifeboats News Release

£3,200 raised for RNLI at Burray Harbour Day 8 July 2023.

Alan Mackinnon/RNLI

Stormy Sam and Longhope RNLI lifeboat at the Burray Harbour Day

Despite the local regatta being cancelled due to the forecast for strong winds, folk came down to the harbour and, once again, were very generous.

Longhope RNLI lifeboat attended the event and the volunteer crew were happy to show visitors around the Tamar class lifeboat.

This all-weather lifeboat is fitted with an integrated electronic Systems and Information Management System, (SIMS) incorporating essential controls such as throttles, joystick and the trackball pod, allowing the crew to control and monitor many of the lifeboat’s functions, from the safety of their shock-absorbing seats.

These functions include: the navigation of the lifeboat, including direction finding, radar and charting: radio communications and CCTV; and the mechanics of the lifeboat including the engines, bilge and electrics.

The visitors always show great interest when inside the wheelhouse and it is quite awe-inspiring to sit for a while in one of these seats, robust headset on and wonder at all the equipment and technology at your finger tips.

Thank you again to the guild and to all who supported this popular annual event and for raising funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

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