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Scottish sea rescue services receive UK Government funding boost

Posted 24 February 2020 · Add Comment

Five Scottish sea rescue charities are to share part of a £1 million UK Government funding boost.

Above: A Scottish sea rescue lifeboat.

Inshore rescue services in Port William, Moray, Loch Lomond, Nith and East Sutherland will receive awards totalling £125k to support their life-saving work.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Douglas Ross said: "This UK Government funding boost is great news for our search and rescue teams who provide an invaluable service to their communities. The latest round of our Rescue Boat Grant fund is part of our ongoing support to those brave volunteers carrying out their lifesaving work."

The £1m grant pot is the latest round of the UK Government’s Department for Transport Rescue Boat Grant Fund. Since launching in 2014, the Rescue Grant Boat Fund has provided £5.7 million to 104 charities around the UK.

Moray Inshore Rescue will use their funding to purchase much-needed dry suits and a launch tractor to improve their response to calls for help.

The volunteer teams from Port William, Loch Lomond, East Sutherland and Nith will use the funding to repair and replace equipment, ensuring the rescue teams can respond to situations quicker and more safely.



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