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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



A giant bottle carrying a plea for help from the RNLI has turned up on the shores of Kinghorn today (Thursday 14 January). The message in the bottle asks people to help the lifesaving charity by taking part in its biggest fundraising day on Friday 29 January.

The bottle has also turned up on beaches around the UK and Irish coast from Fistral Beach in Cornwall, to the White Cliffs of Dover and the Angel of the North, Gateshead.

Joanne Wibberly, volunteer lifeboat helmsman for Kinghorn RNLI says:
‘We’re sending out an SOS to Fife. Like all RNLI lifeboat crew, local volunteers respond 24 hours a day, every day of the year when the call for help comes even during the snowy chilly weather like we’ve seen over the past few weeks. We’re asking for people to respond to our SOS message in a bottle by holding or attending an event on RNLI SOS day on Friday 29 January, or you donate online or via text.’

Events already planned around Scotland include Surf Off Scotland, Sample Our Scones and Shave Our Scalps. For SOS inspiration and downloadable support in staging your own RNLI SOS event, or to search for an SOS event you can attend in your area, visit You can also donate online at this address or text SOS to 84424 to donate to the RNLI (£3 will be deducted from your mobile phone bill and the exact amount received by the charity will vary according to the network). Alternatively, call 0845 121 4999, visit

And where is the SOS day bottle heading next? It’s a mystery tour so keep watching the RNLI website for further news.