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Largs RNLI volunteers come together to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Lifeboats News Release

Largs RNLI volunteers come together to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023.

Crew with RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/Claire McRae

Crew with RNLI lifeboat

For generations, women have saved life’s, launched lifeboats, and fundraised millions to help keep the RNLI afloat, here at Largs RNLI we also have our own women volunteers who continue to save lives at sea in various roles at the station.

Women have played a hands-on role in lifesaving since the RNLI formed in 1824 and Largs are carrying on that legacy today. The first woman of note connected to the RNLI was Grace Darling who was a pioneer of her time a strong and courageous woman who saved nine people from a shipwreck in 1838. Her story is legendary but many people around the UK have since continued in her footsteps, Largs is no exception.

At Largs we have five volunteer women crew members depicted in the accompanying photo. From left to right: Claire McRae, Janet Iqbal, Kerryann Logan, Jennifer Flavell and Jessica Side.

There is an active and visible commitment to gender parity at the Largs RNLI. An inclusive attitude which should be celebrated on this important day.

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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