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Heritage display chronicles 57 years of lifesaving at RNLI Tighnabruaich.

Lifeboats News Release

As the RNLI marks 200 years, a public display illustrates the history of lifeboats on The Kyles of Bute.

Photographs, footage and artifacts chronicling 57 years of the RNLI inthe Kyles of bute

RNLI/Jane Boyd

Window display including launch footage in the local Heritage Centre
The display running in the Heritage Centre, Tighnabruaich, includes newspaper articles, film and photographs which record the start and progress of lifeboat support in the area dating from 1967 when a 'D' class vessel was launched from a wooden shed.

As a charity, the RNLI depends on donations, volunteers and public support all of which feature in the story from the first boat, through the provision of the first 'Atlantic 85' RIB, and the opening of the purpose-built boathouse in 1998. The volunteers who crew, launch and maintain the boat, organise and support crucial fundraising activities also feature, the names of many will be familiar to residents and visitors to the coastal village over these past decades.

RNLI/Jane Boyd

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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