MP praises work of our lifeboatmen

THE life saving work of the RNLI in the Borders and across the country was recognised at Westminster last week after local MP Michael Moore tabled a Parliamentary motion celebrating the achievements of volunteer lifeboat crews in 2009.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:17 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:17 am

Figures released by the RNLI recently showed that lifeboat crews in Scotland launched a record 1,121 times in 2009 – this is 6% higher than the previous high in 2006 and around 20% higher than in 2000.

A total of 912 people were rescued during callouts last year.

Mr Moore, who has accompanied Berwickshire RNLI crews on a training session in the past, is urging Members of Parliament from all parties to support his motion.

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He said: "Working together, the RNLI and their supporters have saved tens of thousands of lives in coastal communities all over the UK in the course of their 186 year history.

"It is only right that sacrifices made by the volunteers who keep essential lifeboat services running are recognised and their achievements celebrated.

"With 2009 the busiest year on record for lifeboat crews, it is important that people and politicians of all parties are reminded of the enormous debt we owe the RNLI for their vital work."