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Tobermory RNLI hosts Stornoway Coastguard Operations Centre Officers

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI hosted three Senior Maritime Operations Officers from Stornoway Coastguard Operations Centre on Saturday 1 September 2018 and everyone was able to put faces to voices.

Stornoway CGOC personnel with Tobermory RNLI crew and launch authorities

RNLI/Sam Jones

Stornoway CGOC personnel with Tobermory RNLI crew and launch authorities

In the event of an incident at sea, it is almost always the staff at Stornoway Coastguard Operations Centre (CGOC) who alert Tobermory RNLI’s launch authorities and request the assistance of Tobermory RNLI’s Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey. The launch authorities and boat’s officers are in regular contact with staff at Stornoway CGOC by telephone and VHF not only during ‘shouts’ but also during routine exercises. The three visiting Senior Maritime Operations Officers were treated to tea and cakes in the station and met some of the volunteer crew and launch authorities before having a tour of Tobermory’s all weather lifeboat.

Dr Sam Jones, Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Our relationship with Stornoway CGOC has always been a close one as we rely on their co-ordination role and they rely on us as their eyes and ears on the scene of an incident. It was an absolute pleasure to host Irene, Jackie and Maggie from Stornoway Coastguard. We were able to discuss our respective roles as well as recent and not so recent shouts which we’ve had. Best of all we were all able to put faces to voices.’

Notes to editors

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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