A special reception was held at the Leverburgh Lifeboat Station yesterday, marking the retirement of two of the team.

Since the establishment of Leverburgh Lifeboat Station in 2012 the roles of John MacLean and Murdo MacAulay,(both from Strond), as Operations Manager and Deputy Launching Authority respectively, have been crucial in the practical and administrative setting-up stages of the station, and in building it up into the continuously maturing facility it is today.    

John and Murdo, both individually and together, possess an impressive range of skills and experience which they have willingly used to make the establishment and operation of the station a remarkable success.

RNLI policy sets an age limit to such roles however; both John and Murdo have reached that limit and have therefore retired from their active roles within the Station.

At yesterday's reception, they were thanked for their wisdom, their work and their commitment and presented with framed photographs of the lifeboat on exercise with the search and rescue helicopter, as mementos of their roles.

Christopher Ross of Finsbay, previously the second Deputy Launching Authority has been promoted to the role of Operations Manager.      

Neil MacAulay and John MacInnes, both of Leverburgh, are the new Deputies.

Since the station was established, the lifeboat has been called out on 57 occasions.

If anyone would like to find out more about volunteering with Leverburgh Lifeboat Station, whether it be as potential crew, for shore duties or as fundraisers, then please contact the station on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or speak to Christopher Ross.

The photo shows John and Murdo with Leverburgh RNLI Honorary President Hamish Taylor.