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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



The RNLI's busiest Inshore Lifeboat in Scotland, Kinghorn Lifeboat which covers both Edinburgh and Fife sides of the Forth, are holding an Open Day on Saturday 15th July, 2006 between 12.30pm and 4pm.

"This year's annual Open Day will take place during the afternoon of Saturday, 15th July," explained Charlie Tulloch, Kinghorn Lifeboats' Operations Manager, "and we hope that as many people as possible will come along on what promises to be a very special and enjoyable day.".

The crews are hoping for an all-time high number of visitors when they open their doors to the public this year, as the event was not held last year due to G8 affecting everyone. This is the major fund-raising event of the year for Kinghorn and the busy station will play host to visitors of all ages, wishing to see the historic lifeboat up close and to meet the crew, men and women, who have already responded to 24 rescue calls this year.

"We always look forward to our annual Open Day," Charlie continued, "when we can show off the 'Frederick Robertson', our 24 ft long, Atlantic 75 rescue craft, the fastest in the RNLI fleet and capable of up to 34 knots. It allows people to see our boat, speak with the crews and have some good old fashioned fun and games."

"On 15th July the boat will be just one of the attractions on display, however," he added, "with a host of other activities, such as one of our volunteer shore crew, Judith Frame, undertaking a sponsored swim from Inchkeith Island to the shore at the boathouse, there will also be a tug of war held between two boats instead of on land, a Helicopter rescue display, Static displays by the emergency services, stalls and fun for everyone being laid on throughout the afternoon at the Lifeboat Station and adjacent beach area."

The RNLI operates more than 320 lifeboats throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, launching on average 21 times and saving 2 lives every day of the year.

Many of the rescues involve people visiting the coast from inland, often ordinary people caught out by a change in the weather or an extra high tide, with nearly 2000 rescues last year also involving people in distress who were not on board a vessel of any kind but who had been cut off by high water, were swimmers, divers and others who had fallen off cliffs and piers.