The RNLI is looking to recruit more volunteers in Tighnabruaich

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is looking to recruit extra volunteer crew and fundraisers to join the Tighnabruaich Lifeboat Station. The charity has a variety of fulfilling roles available including volunteer crew members, fundraisers and

Heather Malkin, RNLI Volunteer Advisor, explained: ‘The main focus of our recruitment campaign is to find extra volunteer crew members and fundraisers, to join our dedicated team. Volunteers need to live, work, or holiday regularly in Tighnabruaich or the immediate area.

‘New crew recruits will receive comprehensive ongoing training which will equip them to embrace the rewarding challenge of saving lives at sea. They’ll also attend regular training exercises and learn vital skills to help them contribute towards the essential upkeep of the lifeboat.

‘Applicants don’t need any previous maritime experience but should have a good level of fitness and enjoy being part of a team. Our crew members take real pride in fulfilling a valuable and vital role within their local communities and we’re really looking forward to hearing from like-minded people.’

Founded in 1967 the Tighnabruaich Lifeboat Station is located in the centre of a busy maritime area.  The community in Tighnabruaich have provided volunteer crews for many years, a tradition that continues today with generations of local people prepared to risk their lives to save others at sea.

The lifeboat is an Atlantic 85 Inshore Boat named the 'James and Helen Mason'  covers the Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne, and launches at all states of the tide and in any weather to assist people and vessels in distress.

The RNLI is also hoping to recruit extra people to help in its lifeboat station shops and to volunteer as fundraisers.

Heather further explained: ‘We’re seeking enthusiastic people who may have some spare time and are looking for a new challenge. Our shop volunteers gain valuable experience in areas such as customer service, stock display and cash handling and our fundraisers help to organise fun events and raise money within the local community.

‘Full training is given for all our roles and it’s a great way to meet new friends and enhance your CV while helping to raise vital funds and awareness for our lifesaving charity.’

For more information about the individual opportunities, please contact a member of the RNLI crew, a fundraiser, or email: or

For more information about the RNLI opportunities, please email: or apply online at:

RNLI media contacts:

Donald Clark, Tighnabruaich RNLI Station Press Officer, 07799661493,

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903,

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 over 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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