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RNLI Portpatrick celebrate Lifeboat Week 2018

Lifeboats News Release

The 2018 annual Portpatrick Lifeboat week will this year take place from Sunday 29 July to Saturday 4 August, in and around the picturesque village of Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Many of the now traditional events will be run throughout the week, with a variety of interests and age groups catered for. The week’s events will draw to a close with the popular Bar-B-Que, bonfire and fireworks display on Saturday evening.

The Portpatrick Lifeboat, RNLB John Buchannan Barr, will be open for guided tours by the volunteer crew subject to operational requirements.

Please see the attached programme for a full list of events and times for the week.

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For more information please contact Phil Bestjan, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07793 025793 or

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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