Crowds pack the pier for RNLI open day

Arran RNLI volunteers and crewmen who took part in the RNLI open day.

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Curious onlookers packed the Lamlash Pier and lifeboat station to see the work of the Arran RNLI recently.

Opening the station doors to visitors, the crew and volunteers of the RNLI hosted an action packed day with equipment demonstrations, lifeboat station show-rounds and a burger and cake stall with fun activities for the children – all to raise much needed funds.

Offering a huge amount of information on what they do, visitors could also get a hands-on look at the lifeboat – the Rachel Hedderwick – and try on some of the rescue equipment and clothing worn by crew members.

Throughout the day visitors could enjoy demonstrations of the rapid deployment of the rescue vessel and the specialised tractor that captures it with the assistance of a special net on its return.


Arran RNLI volunteers and crewmen who took part in the RNLI open day. 01_B30RNLI01

RNLI member Alexandru Cochiuban kept the visitors well fed at the burger and cake stand. 01_B30RNLI02

Volunteer Dave Nicholson shows visitors around the Rachel Hedderwick lifeboat. 01_B30RNLI04

Visitors line the Lamlash pier to watch the lifeboat demonstration. 01_B30RNLI05

The Rachel Hedderwick and crew show off the vessels high speed capabilities. 01_B30RNLI08

Children have a ball throwing wet sponges at crewman Allan Little. 01_B30RNLI11