A Portree teen will be spending her first Christmas on call with the RNLI after volunteering with the charity.
Chloe Urquhart joined the RNLI as soon as she reached 17, joining her father, who volunteers as a Launching Authority.
Speaking about her first Christmas with an RNLI pager, Chloe said: “The idea that at any moment I could be called away from my Christmas celebrations to help someone in an emergency is a pretty daunting thought.
“The cold climate and dark skies that usually turn people away can’t stop the lifeboat crew from getting the job done.
“It’s truly inspiring to see the amazing work that the crew do all over the country and it is a privilege to be able to be involved myself; even if it means my Christmas dinner goes cold!”
During the festive period over the last 10 years RNLI volunteers have launched 1078 times aiding 488 people and saving 35 lives. Of those launches 96 took place on Christmas Day taking our crews away from family celebrations to help save others.
Michael Avril, Community Safety Partner for Scotland says “The festive period is no different to any other time of year and we have dedicated volunteers ready to react if a call comes in.
“With people heading to the coast for a stroll we ask you to take care. Around 79 people lose their lives in water related incidents around Scotland each year and over half never even planned to enter the water. The RNLI works with all the emergency services as well as other drowning prevention charities to keep people safe throughout the year and would like to remind people to stay safe near water this Christmas. Please take a look at the tide times and always have a means of calling for help. Remember, if you need help or someone else is in difficulty dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
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