A man was rescued from the water - but it was only a demonstration during Portree Lifeboat Open Day today (Saturday 12 August.)

The Open Day, held at Portree Harbour, enabled members of the public to venture aboard and explore the lifeboat.  

Getting to meet the crew, seeing the bottle stall and throwing wet sponges were all part of the day's entertainment.  

In 2016, it cost £177.3 million to run the RNLI - money is raised by help and donations from the general public. 

 

Those who attended enjoyed the chance to sample the famous burgers and tasty sausages and prawns.  

Visiting the engine rooms proved to be an enjoyable experience, allowing visitors to chance to see a lesser-viewed area of the lifeboat. 

Younger visitors enjoyed sitting in the captain's chair and playing with the tannoy.  

A demonstration of how to assist someone in difficulties took place during the end of the day.

The rescue illustrated the work carried out by RNLI volunteers in all weathers.