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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea

Recruitment Drive at Kinghorn Lifeboat Station!

26/08/2003

Not a butcher, baker nor candlestick maker among them but the current crew of the RNLI's Kinghorn Lifeboat still come from all walks of life.

But now the men and women who have already responded to nearly 50 call-outs this year alone are looking for new crewmates.

"With retirals and for other reasons the need to recruit is becoming particularly important," explained crew member Liz Davidson.

"To that end, therefore, we are holding a special recruitment night at the Lifeboat Station from 7.30 onwards on Thursday, September 11, when we hope as many people as possible will come along to see first-hand what the voluntary work involves.

"They don't have to be salty sea dogs with Captain Birdseye beards," she added with a smile, "as we really do come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

"We intend to dispel other common misconceptions that volunteers need a nautical knowledge," she went on, "that they need to have been on a boat before, that they have to be male, a good swimmer, a first-aider, a member of the RNLI or even that they need to know someone in the existing crew.

"We will underline that first class training will be given, and all that is required is that they live or work in Kinghorn, they are medically fit, have good eyesight, they are between 17 and 44 years old and, most importantly, that they need to be committed to the role.

"But if anyone cannot make in on September 11," added Liz finally, "they can also contact us by telephone on 01592 890663, by e-mail on lifeboat@kinghorn.org.uk, by visiting our website (www.kinghorn.org.uk) or by calling in to the Lifeboat Station any Sunday morning between 10 am and noon when we are undergoing our regular exercising with the boat."