Situated on the Solway Firth near Dalbeattie, the Kippford RNLI Station operates a D-Class Lifeboat crewed by volunteers, all of whom are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The D class has been the workhorse of the RNLI for more than 50 years. It is small and highly manoeuvrable, making it ideal for rescues close to the shore in fair to moderate conditions such as those which exist along the Solway Firth coastline. It has a single outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew following a capsize. The design of the D class has continued to evolve since its introduction in 1963.
The RNLI, which provides lifeboat rescue services throughout the UK and Ireland, is itself a registered charity and relies solely on voluntary contributions and donations from the public to continue its life-saving work. Since being founded in 1824, the RNLI has saved more than 139,900 lives. Visit the RNLI website for more information.
If you are interested in becoming a crew member, call us on 01556 620131.
Kippford Lifeboat also operates a Charity Shop which is situated at the front of the Lifeboat Station. Selling a range of RNLI branded gifts, clothing, buckets and spades etc., the shop is staffed by a number of volunteers and is open daily between Spring and the end of October.
If you have the time and and are willing to join the team of volunteers in raising funds for this totally independent charity give the shop a call on 01556 620027 for an application form, or better still, call into the shop and have a chat with one of the volunteers.
Kippford RNLI also has a Facebook page.