A MORAY RESCUE organisation is one of five projects throughout Scotland that has won a share of a £60,000 UK Government funding pot.
Receiving a share of the funding is the Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation based at Findhorn.
The cash will come from a scheme that provides voluntary groups with crucial funding for new equipment and training in support of their rescue efforts on and around inland and inshore waterways.
MIRO Chairman Tim Negus said the cash boost will go towards increasing crew comfort and safety on the rescue boat: “We will buy some foul-weather clothing and personal location beacons, which will help find people who have fallen overboard. The equipment we buy will make us more efficient and will really improve our safety.”
Welcoming the news last night was Councillor Douglas Ross, who said: “This funding recognises the enormous efforts of voluntary rescue boat teams in Scotland, and I’m delighted to see that Moray Inshore Rescue is one of the five groups in Scotland to receive this funding.
“Funding bids for this scheme looked at how the equipment or training will be used to support lifesaving, search and rescue operations and flood response capability locally and nationally.
“It also looked at whether the funding will deliver wider community benefits, and how the equipment and skills will bring sustainable benefits. Clearly Moray Inshore Rescue met these criteria and caught the eye of judges looking at applicants from across the UK.
“I’m delighted to see this funding coming to Findhorn and I know it will be very well used by Moray Inshore Rescue.”