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Esvagt delivered a ‘grand’ Christmas gift to Aberdeen Lifeboat today

Lifeboats News Release

Esvagt UK Limited decided not to send company Christmas cards this year – but to donate £1,000 to Aberdeen Lifeboat instead.

Claus Tafteberg Sørensen, managing director of Esvagt UK (left), is joined by Cal Reed (centre) and Linda McKinlay (right) on the flying bridge of Aberdeen’s Severn class lifeboat ‘Bon Accord’

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Claus Tafteberg Sørensen, managing director of Esvagt UK (left), is joined by Cal Reed (centre) and Linda McKinlay (right) on the flying bridge of Aberdeen’s Severn class lifeboat ‘Bon Accord’

Esvagt is a leading provider of emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) and their associated fast rescue craft to the offshore sector – essentially, they provide an ‘offshore lifeboat service’ giving cover to offshore installations 100 miles-plus out to sea.

Claus Tafteberg Sørensen, managing director of Esvagt UK Limited says: “Like the RNLI, Esvagt hopes its rescue services will not be called upon - but also like the RNLI we train endlessly to ensure we stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice. There is a natural mutual respect between our people and Esvagt is delighted to be able to support the RNLI this Christmas.”

“£1,000 is a grand Christmas gift in anyone’s book,” says Cal Reed, mechanic and deputy 2nd coxswain of Aberdeen Lifeboat. “Esvagt’s generous donation will be put to good use equipping Aberdeen’s volunteer crew and fuelling the city’s lifeboats.”

Linda McKinlay, chair of the Aberdeen Lifeboat fund-raising group added: “It is always wonderful to receive support from new donors, especially companies with a maritime connection and this goes a long way towards helping with equipment.”

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