Feb 19


Byline: Volunteer crew members with the RNLI gave the Secretary of State for Scotland a quick tour of their lifeboat today. (Wed 19 Feb)
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Alistair Carmichael visited Oban Lifeboat Station where he met with crew and station management.

He was shown around the Trent lifeboat, the Mora Edith MacDonald, and he was also presented with a book detailing the history of the station by the author, Willie Melville, a former crewman.

Alistair said: ‘It was a great pleasure to meet the team at RNLI Oban today.  I can never fail to be amazed and humbled by the phenomenal work and immense sacrifices made by the volunteers and staff of the RNLI.

‘Over the past 190 years the RNLI have been ever present keeping us safe around Britain’s coastal communities and striving to end preventable loss of life at sea.

‘Having been born and raised on Islay and having represented the island communities of Orkney and Shetland for many years I have a deep rooted admiration and affection for the RNLI and I know that across Scotland their selfless dedication will never be taken for granted.'

Billy Forteith, Oban’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the MP and give him the opportunity to learn more about the RNLI at Oban, a charity which is close to his heart.’

The Secretary of State is taking part in a tour of the Scottish west coast during recess, this is when he is able to travel around Scotland and he isn’t tied to parliamentary business.

The aim for the tours is to meet as many people as possible across the country and Oban was the location for an RNLI visit and meetings with local businesses.

RNLI media contacts:

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk


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