Port William Inshore Rescue Service breaks ground

Thursday 22nd January'Tommy Jaques cuts the first sod for the new Pirsac station Portwilliam
Thursday 22nd January'Tommy Jaques cuts the first sod for the new Pirsac station Portwilliam

Last Thursday was a very important day for PIRSAC, the Port William Inshore Rescue Service, as it saw the beginning of realising their dream of a new lifeboat shed.

The official groundbreaking ceremony took place on the site of the new building on the village Harbour Green where Tommy Jacques, former chairperson of FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group), kindly turned the first sod.

He said: “I am honoured and privileged to have been asked to turn the first sod today and wish you well with your project. I look forward to being invited back to the official opening of the building.”

The momentous occasion was attended by crew, local councillors, contractors, community organisations and members of FLAG who welcomed a warming refreshment afterwards. Contractors will shortly begin erecting the steel construction in time for the arrival of the new rescue boat and land rover.

RBS recently helped Port William Inshore Rescue Service (PIRSAC) with grant of £5616 to allow PIRSAC to continue to invest in crew members personal protective equipment by way of dry suits and life jackets at a time when they are building the new shed and purchasing new land rover and lifeboat.

The whole community will benefit from PIRSAC being able to continue to offer professional lifesaving at sea

PIRSAC chairperson, George McKenzie said “We are delighted to receive such a generous grant from RBS. With it, we’ve been able to continue upgrading and investing in personal protective equipment to allow the crew to perform their lifesaving duties at sea in the safest way possible.”

Laura Chow, Head of Charitable Programmes at RBS, said: “At RBS we recognise our commitment to the society we operate in. We’re really pleased to have been able to assist PIRSAC in this way and see how it allows their great work to continue”.