Nith Inshore Rescue began in the winter of 1981/82. A man was trapped alone on a sandbank in the River Nith just to the south of Glencaple. The tide was rising fast around him and local people could only watch in horror as a tragedy unfolded before their eyes. They looked on helplessly as the man shouted for help, but inevitably the rising water overcame him and the Nith claimed yet another life.
That year, local people took matters into their own hands and decided the Glencaple area needed its own rescue boat, to be based in the village. And so Nith Inshore Rescue was born. A massive fundraising effort swung into action, with private individuals and local businesses donating generously..
Since then, Nith Inshore Rescue has grown tremendously and is a vital part of the emergency services for Dumfries and Galloway and also northern Cumbria. Our operational area and the nature of our callouts has changed so much that a major extension to our boathouse was required for which work started in 2016.
Generously funded through grants, businesses, individuals and local people, the extension to our boathouse is almost complete and will be officially opened at our Open Day on 27th May 2017!
Volunteers provide this lifesaving service, but to continue to operate we must raise vital funds to keep our vehicles and equipment in good condition, fuelled and ready to respond. We do not receive regular funding from the Government or any other body, so we rely on your generosity to keep us running. Please help us save lives by supporting us.