AN EASTER Ross Lifeboat Station is preparing to offer the first bookable tours since the Covid pandemic forced sweeping changes for safety reasons.
Invergordon RNLI says it has been busy recruiting and training a volunteer visiting team to be able to welcome visitors to the lifeboat and station.
It said: “With the Easter holidays approaching and the good availability of volunteers, we are very happy to say that we are now able to offer our first bookable tours between 11 and 17 April.
“Due to current Covid levels and protection from the RNLI Lifeboat Service, it will not be possible to access areas inside the station or aboard the lifeboat at this time, but while you will be able to access the pontoon in complete safety, you will be able to approach.
“If the lifeboat is called or resort facilities are needed in an emergency, we reserve the right to cancel a tour if necessary for the safety of visitors and resort volunteers.
“The lifeboat is moored afloat on a pontoon in the western harbor and it moves in the current and passing ships. Therefore, all visitors should wear flat-soled shoes and outdoor clothing suitable for weather conditions, and anyone susceptible to seasickness should take appropriate precautions before visiting.
“Depending on the conditions and because this is a working pontoon, access may be difficult, so if you or someone in your group has mobility difficulties, it may not is not possible to access the pontoon safely.”
During the tour, children must be supervised at all times by an accompanying adult.
He said: “This first batch of available dates is a big step for us towards more regular visiting opportunities.
“We know that some people who have waited very patiently may miss these first tours, but rest assured that we are continuing to work to expand our volunteer tour team so that we can meet the demand for lifeboat and station tours.
“If you have any questions, please do not telephone the station, but rather email [email protected] with any questions relating to the visit.”
To book a tour between April 11-17, please see here.
For more information on access, please email [email protected]
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