Lifeboat crew benefits from canoeist’s efforts

Canoeist Colin Christie at Anstruther Lifeboat Station with treasurer David Thomson, coxswain Michael Bruce (far right) and some members of the RNLI team.
Canoeist Colin Christie at Anstruther Lifeboat Station with treasurer David Thomson, coxswain Michael Bruce (far right) and some members of the RNLI team.

A pupil from St Leonards School in St Andrews completed a gruelling canoe challenge to raise £1000 for an RNLI lifeboat station.

Colin Christie (15) and school mate Ben Woolfe (15) paddled their sea kayaks the full length of the Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness, a distance of around 65 miles.

This is a recognised canoe trail which normally takes five days to complete – but the boys did it in just three days.

While Colin, from Leven, took up the challenge to raise funds for the RNLI, Ben, from Crail, was raising funds to help finance a trip to the Himalayas in 2015, which he is undertaking with the British Exploration Society.

Their challenge saw them paddling the length of Loch Lochy and Loch Oich during the first two days, followed by a 13 hours of paddling on their final day along the length of Loch Ness to Inverness.

Colin recently visited Anstruther Lifeboat Station to hand over his £1000 donations which will be used to equip the lifeboat crew with personal locator beacons.

These beacons provide a further tier of personal safety equipment, assisting in the quick location and recovery of any crew in the event of them being washed overboard when working in extreme weather conditions.

Coxswain Michael Bruce said: “This is a fantastic effort by Colin who I understand was only 14 years of age when he undertook this challenge. All at the RNLI admire the courage and support that young people like Colin demonstrate. My crew and myself will benefit greatly from the personal locator beacons that this money will provide.”