Louise McNicoll and Danielle Marr were paged, alongside their fellow volunteers, at Anstruther RNLI to assist a 28 foot vessel that had encountered mechanical failure off the coast of Crail.
Both Danielle and Louise have volunteered at the lifeboat station for a number of months now, fine-tuning the skills required in training exercises to prepare them for the eventuality of a shout coming in.
On arrival at the location of the vessel, Danielle and Louise put into practice the rope work they have worked on in previous weeks by securing a towing line to the casualty vessel under the supervision of the coxswain and senior crew before the short journey to the sanctuary of Anstruther harbour commenced.
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Michael commented ‘I am delighted to welcome Danielle to our team of volunteers. Having just completed her first exercise afloat since being enrolled, Danielle's enthusiasm to learn and become a competent member of the crew was clear to see. My team are looking forward to training with Danielle and preparing her for the challenges that will undoubtedly lie ahead.
On behalf of the RNLI I would like to thank the Waid Academy for their supportive approach to pupils volunteering in the community and the benefits that come from doing so.’
The station enjoys a longstanding relationship with the Waid Academy and has spent time with the pupils to show our equipment and to communicate the RNLI Respect The Water campaign and this is a great development between the two.
David Corstorphine, Principal Teacher Pupil Support commented, 'The Waid Academy has a long tradition of working with the community and naturally this includes promoting safety in and around the sea. We enjoy good links with our local RNLI and are very proud that one of our senior students has qualified to become an active member of the lifeboat crew. We hope Danielle’s work can be an inspiration to all of our pupils in their charity fundraising efforts and will encourage others to do voluntary work to help those in need.'
Danielle is yet to experience an emergency call but permission has been granted by the school that if this is to happen during class time, she is permitted to leave the school and respond.
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