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Crowds were treated to a lifeboat display on Saturday 8 September.

The Kyle RNLI's Maritime Day began at midday, with the Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band playing to open the event.

The coastguard helicopter from Stornoway also made an appearance, putting on a winching display.

The fire brigade was in attendance, allowing members of the public to get up close and personal.

Once again, the local Kayaking club were on hand to let people take to the water and try out the sport which proved very popular. ‘Am Bata’, the local high school boat building scheme, was present during the day, and even managed to sell their recently completed boat during the course of the day.

This year saw the return of the tractor pulling competition.  Teams of six competed to pull the RNLI's launching tractor over a 20 metre distance faster than the others.  Seven different teams took part, but the Kyle RNLI fought off the competition to retain their title.

A coastguard tug was in the area, enabling people to get on-board and explore the large vessel.

Also on display was Qinetiq vessel, Quasar, with a couple of underwater robotic vehicles.  People were able to see how the equipment worked and attempt to control them under the water.  Other exciting displays included the unmanned mine-hunting vessel and a replica torpedo from the BUTEC Navy base on display. 

The Coastguard also used RNLI mascot, Stormy Stan, to demonstrate how they could place him in a stretcher and winch him up a hill if required.  

Pictures from Kyle RNLI.

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