Inspection praise for Buckie RNLI
THE hard work of Buckie RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew and shore team over the last five years were lauded following an inspection by the life-saving charity.
Last Wednesday saw a warm welcome extended to an inspection team led by RNLI Operations Committee deputy chairman Sir Tim Laurence – also known to many as Princess Anne's husband – who examined a wide range of factors in the station's ability to save lives effectively at sea.
With around 240 RNLI lifeboat stations along the coast of the UK and Ireland to cover, a full coastal review usually takes in the order of five an a half years to complete.
Getting the meeting under way, Sir Tim said: "The fundamental reason for the review is to assess if the station has the right life-saving assets in place.
"It's important to find out how the station is supported by the RNLI
"We also want to hear about the activity along this part of the coats and how things have changed over the five years since we were here last."
Sir Tim went on to describe the review tour to date –which has involved visiting roughly 40 to 50 stations a year – as having been a "fascinating trip".
A good turnout of crew and other station personnel were able to give the team an in-depth appreciation of the challenges, many unique to this area, which face them and a range of other issues.
The inspectors were to leave delighted with the work of the station and its contribution to the wider search and rescue picture in the Moray Firth.
Buckie RNLI's lifeboat operations manager Joe Herd told the Advertiser: "We were delighted to welcome Sir Tim and his team to Buckie for the coastal review.
"It was wonderful to see the hard work and selfless dedication of our volunteers being recognised by the inspectors."
Coxswain Alan Robertson added: "The results of the review are a credit to everybody at Buckie RNLI lifeboat station.
"They were really happy with what we've been doing here over the space of the last five years.
"It was all good new and there were lots of positive comments on the various aspects of the work we do, both ourselves and in partnership with other agencies.
"The inspectors were also very pleased to hear that the station has raised a lot of money which is all thanks to the ongoing generosity and support of the local communities we serve."
For more information on the work of Buckie RNLI, or to join either the crew of fund-raising team, visit www.buckielifboat.co.uk, follow them on Facebook or phone the station during working hours on (01542) 831289.