Local Rescue Boats Receive £91,000 Funding

Two Dumfries and Galloway voluntary Inshore Rescue teams have received funding from the ‘Rescue Grant Boat Fund’ for essential search and rescue equipment, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today (20 February 2020).

Nith Inshore Rescue based at Glencaple in Dumfries will receive £69,083.32 and Port William Inshore Rescue Service (PIRSAC)will receive £21,734.46.

A Spokesperson from Nith Inshore rescue said “This funding will help us fund new engines for our Lifeboat, St John and a range of much needed safety and rescue equipment.
A Spokes Person from PIRSAC Said “We are delighted to announce the award of £21,734.46 from the Department of Transport. The funding will go towrds vital equipment including Life-vests, Pagers, Boat Intercom, Fenders and a Boat Launch Vehicle.”

From rescuing people stranded by raging floodwaters to helping locate high risk missing persons, search and rescue teams across the UK carry out lifesaving work every day.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

Our rescue boat teams carry out vital work to keep our rivers, lakes and inshore areas safe.
These inspirational charities and their dedicated volunteers save lives every day, and this additional funding will ensure that they have the craft, equipment, and resources to provide these services year-round.”

Since launching in 2014, the Rescue Grant Boat Fund has provided £5.7 million to 104 charities around the UK.

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