The Loch Lomond Rescue Boat (LLRB) was founded in 1977 from monies donated by an unknown sailor, with continuity of the service depending on grant assistance from the local council and the goodwill of the public and businesses.
The LLRB is a Recognised Scottish Charity: SC 020014
The Boat is sited at the village of Luss in a boathouse on the west shore of Loch Lomond and is manned from a pool of around 20 local volunteers who train every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning.
The current Boat (St John) is a 6.5 metre Rigid Inflatable Boat propelled by two 115 hp outboards, which can reach the furthest end of the Loch within 20 minutes. The St John came in to service in 2006 at a cost of £105K and with annually running cost of £12k.
The LLRB is operated in accordance with the Code of Practice for All Open Rescue Boats Including Declared Facilities to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and may be called out by dialling 999 for Strathclyde Police or Clyde Coast Guard or by contacting the Ranger Service at Balloch Tel: 01389 7527295. The Coast Guard also monitor VHF radio channel 16.
The LLRB crew trains with the Search & Rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet, Strathclyde Fire Brigade and Lomond/Arrochar/Ochil Mountain Rescue Teams. The LLRB crew are also trained and certified in search and rescue techniques, RYA Power Boating, emergency First Aid and advanced Life Support. The LLRB is also a RYA recognised teaching establishment.
The principle function of Operations is to ensure that a rescue service is provided for the public good and to encourage, promote and teach all aspects of safety in and around the waters of Loch Lomond including the safety of those persons using boats, canoes, wind-surfers, jet skis and other vessels on the Loch. To this end, the LLRB provides Rescue Boat cover for What's On such as the Dragon Boat Challenge, the New Years day water ski, raft races and triathlon swimming and canoeing.
EMERGENCY CALL-OUT PROCEDURE
1. DIAL 999
2. ASK FOR POLICE
3. ASK FOR "LOCH LOMOND RESCUE BOAT"
1. YOUR NAME
2. YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER
4. DETAILS OF VESSEL OR INCIDENT
5. NUMBER OF PERSONS INVOLVED
The Loch Lomond Rescue Boat is a charity funded entirely by voluntary contributions.
Contact the crew: firstname.lastname@example.org
Loch Lomond .net