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Byline: The RNLI’s new Chairman, Charles Hunter-Pease attended Tobermory’s annual Lifeboat Day to present two Coxswains with letters of appreciation for their part in the rescue of a fishing boat earlier this year.
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As locals and visitors alike enjoyed Lifeboat Day, relief Coxswain Robert McQueen from Portpatrick who regularly covers at Tobermory and Tobermory RNLI full time Coxswain Andrew McHaffie were presented with letters of thanks from the Chairman and Director of Operations for their part in an eleven hour and 90 mile rescue of a fishing boat in 60 mph winds and six metre seas off the Isle of Coll in January this year.

The letter of thanks from the Chairman is the RNLI’s fifth highest honour and it is the first time that Tobermory RNLI has received such an award. RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease, who was appointed to the role in July, revealed that it is the first letter of thanks which he has written since taking up the post.

The citation commends Coxswain Robert’s ‘sound judgement, exemplary leadership, skilful boat handling and excellent foresight throughout the long and arduous service.’ Coxswain Andrew is commended for his ‘terrific commitment and assistance to Coxswain McQueen.’

Speaking after presenting Robert and Andrew with their letters, RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease said: ‘It’s been an absolute pleasure to make these presentations to Robert and Andrew in Tobermory which is a place I know well having sailed in these waters. It’s also gives me particular pleasure to present my first letter of thanks as Chairman to Robert who as a relief Coxswain has worked at over 20 RNLI stations around the coast. I want to pay tribute to Robert, Andrew and the crew involved in the rescue in January. This was a long and complex service carried out in gale force winds and big seas and is a great example of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to save lives at sea.’

Meanwhile, Tobermory celebrated the Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey’s 10th birthday in style with over £2300 being raised to help the charity to continue to save lives at sea. One of the undoubted highlights of the day was the opportunity to explore the former Watson class lifeboat, Canadian Pacific, which was moored alongside Tobermory’s Severn class all weather lifeboat. The Canadian Pacific was built in 1938 at Dunoon at the same time as Tobermory’s first lifeboat, Sir Arthur Rose, which was stationed in the town between 1938 and 1947.

Locals and visitors also enjoyed a variety of stalls, games and a barbecue. There were two hotly contested raft races. The local fire brigade managed to hold off a strong challenge from the Tobermory Coastguard team in the services race which also included a team from Argyll and Bute Council. The RNLI raft was blown off course and limped home with the lifeboat crew vowing to regain their crown next year.

With the Royal Navy’s search and rescue helicopter Rescue 177 unable to attend as it had been tasked to an incident in the Lake District, the day closed with a man overboard exercise between the lifeboat and Sea Life Survey’s whale watching boat, Sula Beag.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Stevens said: ‘We’d like to thank everyone who made Lifeboat Day such a success. The weather was very kind to us and as always it’s great to see everyone having such a great time whilst raising funds to help Tobermory RNLI to continue to save lives at sea.’

 

Notes to editors

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat rescued a fishing boat eight miles west of Coll on 27 January 2013 in a 90 mile, 11 hour operation. Video of the rescue is available at http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=3q4Vsh6w.

 

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747 601900 or sam.j.jones@btinternet.com or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Byline: The RNLI's new Chairman, Charles Hunter-Pease attended Tobermory's annual Lifeboat Day to present two Coxswains with letters of appreciation for their part in the rescue of a fishing boat earlier this year.
Page Content:

As locals and visitors alike enjoyed Lifeboat Day, relief Coxswain Robert McQueen from Portpatrick who regularly covers at Tobermory and Tobermory RNLI full time Coxswain Andrew McHaffie were presented with letters of thanks from the Chairman and Director of Operations for their part in an eleven hour and 90 mile rescue of a fishing boat in 60 mph winds and six metre seas off the Isle of Coll in January this year.

The letter of thanks from the Chairman is the RNLI’s fifth highest honour and it is the first time that Tobermory RNLI has received such an award. RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease, who was appointed to the role in July, revealed that it is the first letter of thanks which he has written since taking up the post.

The citation commends Coxswain Robert's 'sound judgement, exemplary leadership, skilful boat handling and excellent foresight throughout the long and arduous service.' Coxswain Andrew is commended for his 'terrific commitment and assistance to Coxswain McQueen.'


Speaking after presenting Robert and Andrew with their letters, RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease said: 'It's been an absolute pleasure to make these presentations to Robert and Andrew in Tobermory which is a place I know well having sailed in these waters. It's also gives me particular pleasure to present my first letter of thanks as Chairman to Robert who as a relief Coxswain has worked at over 20 RNLI stations around the coast. I want to pay tribute to Robert, Andrew and the crew involved in the rescue in January. This was a long and complex service carried out in gale force winds and big seas and is a great example of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to save lives at sea.'


Meanwhile, Tobermory celebrated the Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey’s 10th birthday in style with over £2300 being raised to help the charity to continue to save lives at sea. One of the undoubted highlights of the day was the opportunity to explore the former Watson class lifeboat, Canadian Pacific, which was moored alongside Tobermory’s Severn class all weather lifeboat. The Canadian Pacific was built in 1938 at Dunoon at the same time as Tobermory’s first lifeboat, Sir Arthur Rose, which was stationed in the town between 1938 and 1947.

Locals and visitors also enjoyed a variety of stalls, games and a barbecue. There were two hotly contested raft races. The local fire brigade managed to hold off a strong challenge from the Tobermory Coastguard team in the services race which also included a team from Argyll and Bute Council. The RNLI raft was blown off course and limped home with the lifeboat crew vowing to regain their crown next year.

With the Royal Navy’s search and rescue helicopter Rescue 177 unable to attend as it had been tasked to an incident in the Lake District, the day closed with a man overboard exercise between the lifeboat and Sea Life Survey’s whale watching boat, Sula Beag.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Stevens said: ‘We’d like to thank everyone who made Lifeboat Day such a success. The weather was very kind to us and as always it’s great to see everyone having such a great time whilst raising funds to help Tobermory RNLI to continue to save lives at sea.’

 

Notes to editors

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat rescued a fishing boat eight miles west of Coll on 27 January 2013 in a 90 mile, 11 hour operation. Video of the rescue is available at http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=3q4Vsh6w.

 

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747 601900 or sam.j.jones@btinternet.com or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.