Life savers get funding

Lifeboat volunteers have won a grant of more than two hundred thousand pounds to buy a new boat and build a new lifeboat shed. The group at Port William in Dumfries and Galloway is receiving the money from the European Fisheries Fund.

Full Report: Funding grant for Port William lifeboat service

Over £200,000 has been granted to the Port William Inshore Rescue Service to help them improve their facilities.

The project run by volunteers, relies on support from the local community, and now they'll be able to fully comply with standards set by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The money was granted by the Dumfries and Galloway European Fisheries Fund, and it will go towards a new boat and boatshed, as Fiona McIlwraith reports.

Watch her full report below.

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Hope that Rescue Service grant will help bring in new volunteers

The Port William Inshore Rescue Services have received a £240,000 grant to help upgrade their facilities.

Dumfries and Galloway European Fisheries awarded the money to the team to help the buy a new rescue boat.

Its hoped the money with also encourage younger people to join the team:

"We're hoping the new facilities will help encourage the younger, a younger set in and keep them there, I mean we are getting old, a few of us are getting a bit too old for doing this kind of work, it would be nice for the young people to step in and carry it on."

– GEORGE MCKENZIE, PORT WILLIAM INSHORE RESCUE SERVICE

Port William Inshore Rescue receives grant

Port William Inshore Rescue Service has received a grant for upgrades Credit: ITV News

More than £240,000 has been granted to Port William Inshore Rescue Service to upgrade its facilities.

The money will help buy a fully equipped rigid inflatable rescue boat Credit: ITV News

The money, from the Dumfries and Galloway European Fisheries fund, will go towards buying a fully equipped rigid inflatable rescue boat and building a new lifeboat shed, which will comply with the Maritime Coatguard Agency's regulations.

The award came from the Dumfries and Galloway Euro-pean Fisheries Fund Credit: ITV News