RNLI Islay re-opened after £500,000 redevelopment

The lifeboat charity has opened a new building on the Scottish island of Islay

The RNLI celebrated the completion of a £500,000 project over the weekend (29 June), with the opening of a lifeboat station on Islay.

Situated at Port Askaig, the new RNLI centre is near to the old lifeboat station and close to the local ferry terminal.

In a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the first RNLI presence on Islay the new centre was opened by 99-year-old local resident Lily MacDougall.

Hamish Campbell, chairman of the Islay Lifeboat Management Group, said: “Thanks to fundraising communities like this one, our crew can put to sea when the call for help comes in, safe in the knowledge that the best possible kit and training is already taken care of.”

Mr Campbell also praised the contribution of local fundraisers, such as the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and the Hugh Fraser Foundation.

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Islay is situated on the west coast of Scotland and the local RNLI centre has responded to 71 callouts in the past five years, rescuing 73 people in the process.