RNLI bosses urged to visit Arbroath to explain lifeboat decision

RNLI bosses have been urged to visit Arbroath and explain their decision to downgrade the town’s lifeboat.

Mark Dowie
Wednesday, 10th May 2023, 7:15am
RNLI bosses urged to visit Arbroath to explain lifeboat decision

North East MSP Maurice Golden has written to the organisation in the wake of the allocation of a state of the art £2.5million all-weather lifeboat to Broughty Ferry instead of Arbroath, urging them to reconsider the decision.

The Angus crew will instead receive a new Atlantic 85 rigid inflatable boat.

Mr Golden said that, despite having raised millions for an all-weather lifeboat, Arbroath will instead get the lesser craft which locals say that’s unsuitable for the waters around Arbroath, and will put the safety of volunteers – and the people they are tasked with helping – at risk.

He is now asking RNLI bosses to come to Arbroath to learn more about the needs of the local community.

The charity has said, however, that the decision followed a major lifesaving review of both stations, and maintains that the changes will enhance the ability of local crews to save lives at sea.

Mr Golden added that a restricted fund for the all-weather lifeboat stood at £2.4 million in 2021 amid a passionate fundraising campaign in the town, and was likely to be significantly higher now.

He said: “There are not many areas of the UK which feel the impact of the RNLI’s work more than Arbroath.

"The town has a famous and enduring connection with the sea, and its people have also felt tragedy at its hands. hat goes some way to explaining the level of community support towards lifeboat provision and the incredible fundraising efforts which have taken place.

“By now the RNLI must be aware of the outpouring of disappointment following the decision to downgrade the all-weather lifeboat.

“That’s why it’s essential the organisation comes to Arbroath to explain the rationale for the decision, and listen to those who know best when it comes to what the town needs. Perhaps then we will see this decision reconsidered.”

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