Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2015 - The Loch Lomond Rescue Boat
The Loch Lomond Rescue Boat service was set up 37 years ago to address the need for an emergency waterborne rescue and assistance service to those who found themselves in distress on the Loch or in its surrounding wilderness areas. The Group is volunteer led and is entirely independent from any other maritime emergency service. It operates in co-operation with the local Police, Fire and Ambulance services and with Coastguard and Mountain Rescue all of which rely upon the essential and trusted waterborne emergency service that it provides. The crew of volunteers selflessly provide their service 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, and conscientiously turn out in all weathers to assist those in need. In addition to its rescue service the Group also provides a search and recovery service for those who have lost their life by accident or otherwise. Despite the beauty of the area Loch Lomond can be extremely hazardous to those who do not know or understand its many underwater obstacles and treacherous undercurrents and consequently the Group's services can be much in demand. It has in the past been named as the busiest in-shore rescue boat in the United Kingdom and today still remains one of the busiest.
Photos by Courtesy of Robert Bell, West Highland Photography.
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