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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The Kingdom of Fife 12-17 came back by road today from its refit. The relief boat Pride & Spirit 12-27 was launched and handed over to the crew of the Arbroath boat 12-35 "Inchcape".
Inchcape was lifted out to return to Poole for maintenance.
RNLI trustee Sir Andrew Cubie presented the award to station coxswain Michael Bruce and senior helmsman Barry Gourlay at a recent exercise and reiterated his thanks to the crew for their efforts that night.
The letter stated that ‘during this service, you all demonstrated courage, determination and excellent seamanship and you are to be commended for all that you achieved under such challenging circumstances.’
The RNLI Chairman’s award is recognition for the continued training and commitment of the Anstruther team.
On launching that night in poor weather with both lifeboats, the crew worked together to arrive on scene swiftly, manoeuvre the lifeboats into position with very little water and assist the 3 fishermen to safety.
The award will take pride of place in the station and is a reminder to our volunteers the pivotal role we play in saving lives at sea.
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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