RNLI to hold public meeting

a public meeting has been arranged by the RNLI. following the announcement that they are considering the possibility of placing a lifeboat station in Stonehaven,

The meeting is set to take place next Thursday, April 4, at 7pm in the town but the venue is yet to be confirmed.

A spokesman for the RNLI said that the organisation is keen to have the meeting to meet with the local community and discuss plans.

It was announced at the beginning of March that the RNLI were to carry out studies into the possibility of opening a new lifeboat station at Stonehaven, following the closure of the Maritime Rescue Institute which provided voluntary rescue cover along a 25-mile stretch of the Aberdeenshire coastline.

The MRI, which also specialised in training lifeboat crews from across the world, withdrew rescue cover for the area last month after the charity, already struggling financially because of falling donations, announced that it had no option but to close down.

MRI, based in Stonehaven for more than 30 years, had provided volunteer crews to provide 24-hour search and rescue lifeboat response via the Coastguard for up to 50 nautical miles offshore.

It had carried out more than 500 rescue operations since it opened.

The RNLI is now carrying out a feasibility study into the possibility of basing an inshore lifeboat at the Aberdeenshire town’s harbour.

A venue for the meeting will be confirmed as soon as possible.