Published: 12/03/2018 13:00 - Updated: 09/03/2018 13:39

Boatloads of fun at RNLI Loch Ness open day


The RNLI fundraising stall was popular with visitors.

For the first time the Loch Ness RNLI crew have welcomed visitors to its new station at Temple Pier.

More than 175 people came along to the new base to have a look around, meet the crew members and see the new boat at a recent open day.

RNLI spokesman Henry Weaver said: "More than 175 people came along and 10 people expressed interest in volunteering.

"The lifeboat launched twice to demonstrate her capabilities. She was joined by the Atlantic 75 B class lifeboat she replaced."

The new base and the new state-of-the-art boat are together worth almost £3 million.

The investment follows the busiest year in the crew’s history with 33 call-outs in 2017. During the summer the crew received three call-outs in one day.

Children and members of the community enjoyed visiting the base and, during the event, Joanna Stebbings, lifeboat operations manager at Loch Ness RNLI, received a cheque for £1619.

The funds were raised from a classic car tour and there was also a bake sale to support the charity.

The RNLI wants to encourage anyone interested in joining the charity to get in touch at or get in touch with the station by emailing

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