Aith RNLI lifeboat Roger and Joy Freeman launched to search for small boat

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI relief lifeboat Roger and Joy Freeman was launched at approximately 7:37pm on Friday 21 July, to search for a small boat which was overdue, having left Walls around lunchtime.

Aith volunteer crew returning from a shout

RNLI/Liz Boxwell

Aith volunteer crew returning from a shout

However, the volunteer crew were stood down shortly afterwards, when the boat turned up safe and well.

Crew member Ivor Moffat said he was just thankful that the shout ended with a good outcome, as this reflected the purpose of the charity, to save lives at sea.

In 2016 there were 8851 RNLI lifeboat launches, and 23 people were rescued per day on average, with 431 lives saved.

Notes to Editors

Photo shows volunteer crew returning to RNLI Aith lifeboat station. Credit RNLI/Liz Boxwell

RNLI media contacts: Liz Boxwell, RNLI Aith volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07789 728874,

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