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Fraserburgh RNLI volunteers to row 200 nautical miles

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 4 March 2024 the RNLI will celebrate its 200 year anniversary. Our volunteer crew will commence the 200 nautical mile rowing challenge on Saturday 9 March at 12:00 until Sunday the 10 March 12:00.

RNLI/Stephen Hadden

Coxswain Vic Sutherland in training for the challenge
Fraserburgh RNLI will mark the 200 year anniversary of the RNLI by looking to row 200 nautical miles for the 200 years of saving lives at sea.

Starting at 12:00 on Saturday 9 March the crew will take it in turns on rowing machines at the station for 24 hours to cover the distance or go beyond.

We are looking to have 4 rowing machines set up and will monitor the progress made in turn on each machine until we complete the 200 nautical miles, The equivalent of 370,400 meters.

Please come down past to the station to support our volunteer crew carrying out this exceptional challenge.

We are looking to raise funds along the way to allow us to continue saving lives at sea for the years to come. We have set up a JustGiving page so our many followers can support our volunteers as they set out on this challenge, please follow the link below and give whatever you can.

Notes to editors

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Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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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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