SEE THIS YEARS OPEN - FREE!
One of the RNLI's busiest Inshore Lifeboats in Scotland, Kinghorn Lifeboat, which covers both Edinburgh and Fife sides of the Forth, is holding an Open Day on Saturday 7th July, 2007 between 1pm and 4pm.
"This year's annual Open Day will take place during the afternoon of Saturday, 7th July," explained Leanne Fisher, a member of the volunteer crew, "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, as this is THE major fund-raising event of the year for Kinghorn and the 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 31 rescue calls this year.
"We always look forward to our annual Open Day," Leanne 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."
"The boat will be just one of the attractions on display, however," she added, "with a host of other activities, such as an inter-service tug of war, a 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. This year the Ship Tavern will also be supporting us by holding a BBQ with burgers and refreshments."
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.