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Tobermory RNLI looks forward to annual Lifeboat Day on Sunday 12 August

Lifeboats News Release

If you want to get ahead at this year’s Tobermory Lifeboat Day, get a hat, as the fancy dress theme for 2018 is ‘crazy hats’.

Join Tobermory Womble at this year's Lifeboat Day

RNLI/Sam Jones

Join Tobermory Womble at this year's Lifeboat Day

Lifeboat Day is the highlight of Tobermory RNLI’s fundraising year and will take place on Sunday 12 August starting at the slightly earlier time of 1100. There will be stalls and games as well as the hotly contested raft race (lifejackets must be worn). Tobermory RNLI’s Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, will be at the pontoons and open to locals and visitors to explore and meet the crew. There will also be a series of rescue displays in the bay as well as an opportunity to learn how to help yourself if you fall unexpectedly into the water with a live demonstration of the RNLI’s ‘Float To Live’ campaign. Bring your lifejackets to our free RNLI lifejacket clinic. There will be prizes for those judged to have the craziest hats.

For those who have worked up an appetite, there will be the usual BBQ featuring burgers from Glengorm. This year you can opt for ‘surf and turf’ as well as there will be Sound of Mull prawn cocktails available using shellfish kindly donated by local fishermen and organised by the Pier Café.

The fun will begin with a nautical themed party at the Mishnish on Saturday night from 9pm onwards.

Notes to editors

For further information on 'Float To Live', please visit

For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or Gemma Macdonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 07826 900639.

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