Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, yesterday (Wednesday) met with the HM Coastguards Area Commander for Orkney and Shetland, Dave Sweeney and colleagues on a visit to the area base in Kirkwall.
Mr McArthur discussed with Mr Sweeney about the local work of Coastguard volunteers in Orkney, including their wider assistance of NHS Orkney during the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the islands this year.
Commenting after the visit, Mr McArthur said:
"The coastguard rescue service plays an essential role in helping keep island and coastal communities safe day in, day out. In Orkney, we are reminded of this all year round.
"Of course, it is important to recognise that the service is also made up of volunteers who selflessly put their lives at risk in order to save others. Their local knowledge of an area is often critical in responding quickly so that lives can be saved.
"It was a pleasure, therefore, to have the opportunity to meet with the Area Commander and colleagues at the 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."