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Hot summer keeps RNLI busy

Last year, the poor weather kept many people away from our beaches but this summer long periods of sunshine have led to visitors flocking to the coast.

Our lifeguards have been kept extremely busy treating everything from minor cuts and bruises through to performing major first-aid and lifesaving rescues.

95% of a lifeguard's work is preventative and this year the public has really embraced our key safety messages such as always swimming between the red and yellow flags. This has probably meant incidents haven't risen too sharply compared to the increased volume of beach users.**

– Matt Horton, RNLI Senior Lifeguard Manager


Stranraer RNLI prepare for annual fundraiser

Stranraer RNLI Credit: Stranraer RNLI

The fourth year of Park Fest gets underway in Stranraer today.

The music festival is organised by the Stranraer branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, to raise funds for their local lifeboat.

The two day festival includes family attractions from craft stalls food vans and fairground rides and performances from 17 bands.

Headlining this year is popular 90's band Dody, and local artists like Zoe Bestel and Finding Albert will also be performing.

Entrance to the general park area is free and entry to the music marquee is £15 for adults, £5 for under 18's and free for under 12's.

RNLI lifeguards to patrol Borders beach

RNLI lifeguards Credit: PA

Coldingham Sands in the Scottish Borders is to become the first beach in Scotland to be patrolled by lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The popular tourist spot attracts around 20,000 visitors every year and it is hoped that the presence of lifeguards will improve safety standards in the area.


Unique opportunity to see historic boat

"We’re delighted that the William Riley is coming to Carlisle. It will provide a unique opportunity to see one of the classic lifeboats of its time, a great experience for the whole family to enjoy.

"I hope that people come along to say “hello” and also pop any spare change into one of our collection buckets!

"I’m very grateful to Whitby Historic Lifeboat Trust and to Carlisle City Council for making this special visit possible and for helping us to raise vital funds to enable our volunteer lifeboat crews and flood rescue teams to continue with their lifesaving work."

– Elizabeth Auld, Secretary, RNLI Carlisle Branch

Historic lifeboat visits Carlisle

Volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute are fundraising in Carlisle, to honour a special visit by the 'William Riley', a ten-oared lifeboat from 1909.

The historic boat, now owned by the Whitby Historic Lifeboat Trust will be on display in the city centre between 10am and 5pm.

It's the second time in three years that an historic boat has visited the city.

In 2009, a similar lifeboat to the 'William Riley' made its way through the streets as part of the Carlisle RNLI centenary celebrations.

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