McArthur welcomed by the Coastguard team

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur met HM Coastguards Area Commander for Orkney and Shetland, Dave Sweeney, during a visit to Kirkwall base last week.

The Orkney Coastguard Station team welcomed the visit of Liam McArthur MSP last Wednesday.

Orkney MSP met HM Coastguard Area Commander for Orkney and Shetland, Dave Sweeney, and local volunteers, during a visit to the area’s base in Kirkwall.

Mr McArthur spoke with Mr Sweeney about the local work of Coastguard Volunteers in Orkney, including their wider assistance from NHS Orkney during the Covid-19 vaccination program in the islands this year.

After the visit, Mr McArthur said: “The Coastguard Rescue Service plays a vital role in helping to keep island and coastal communities safe day in and day out. In Orkney we are reminded of this all year round.

“Of course, it is important to recognize that the service is also made up of volunteers who selflessly put their lives on the line to save others. Their local knowledge of an area is often essential to react quickly to save lives.

“So it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet the Area Commander and his colleagues at Kirkwall Base to hear about their work and thank them for the service they provide to our community, including supporting the work of NHS Orkney during the pandemic.”

Mr Sweeney said: ‘We would like to thank Orkney MSP Liam McArthur for taking the time to visit our station in Kirkwall. It was great to talk about a range of topics, including – of course – the vital role the Coastguard Rescue Service plays in serving and supporting local communities, with our fantastic, hugely valued and dedicated people who are absolutely at the heart of it.

Mr. McArthur also honored two of our recently retired Volunteer Coastguards, Willie Neish and Bill Laurenson, honoring them for their loyal and distinguished service for 47 and 44 years, respectively.

“It has been another busy summer for our Coastguard Rescue Teams and we remain committed to delivering excellent operational delivery, doing our best to keep people safe on the coast and supporting rescue service partners. emergency, especially throughout the period of the coronavirus pandemic.