Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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Anyone at Portree Harbour today (Saturday 7 July) would be forgiven for thinking a dramatic sea rescue was taking place.

Stornoway Coastguard helicopter and Portree RNLI lifeboat were working together - but only as part of the Lifeboat Open Day event.  

The annual fundraising event involved the Isle of Skye Pipe Band, led by RNLI mascot, Stormy Stan, marching down to the harbour.  

The day was packed with activities, including throwing sponges at RNLI volunteers - or your loved ones!

A number of stalls, a raffle and a barbecue were also there to entertain and feed the crowd.  

As usual, visitors were allowed to explore the Lifeboat - including going down into the engine room.  

One of the day's many highlights was the manoeuvres of the Stornoway helicopter.  Working in tandem with the lifeboat, the two performed a demonstration of a sea rescue.

The crowd were also excited to see a flare go up as part of the display.

The event proved to be an excellent day out for all ages - and a chance to support Portree RNLI with their work.  

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