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The Solway Firth is regarded as one of the most treacherous stretches of coastline in the UK. Despite its’ almost benign appearance it is exposed to some of the fastest tidal movements and ranges in Europe. In addition, there are large areas of mudflats surrounding the estuaries of the River Nith and River Annan, with many areas vulnerable to quicksand.

In 1999, a Lifeboat Station was built at our operating base in Glencaple, 4 miles south of Dumfries, to maintain the immediacy of response required to prevent the loss of life on the River Nith and inner Solway coast. Since our inception, the Glencaple Lifeboat Station and its crew past and present have become a proud part of our communities resilience and proud offer of support from our home to other coastal communities living and working around the Upper Solway Firth.

Nith Inshore Rescue is one of a few Independent Lifeboats around the UK to have secured a ‘Declared Facility Status’ from the HM Coastguard. This follows rigorous ongoing assessment. Nith Inshore Rescue works closely with partners including the Police, HM Coastguard, RNLI, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, and local Mountain Rescue Teams and take part in joint training exercises. We are also a member of Nithsdale Area Response Team as part of the Local Resilience Partnership. As a category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, Nith Inshore Rescue have been deployed to national flooding emergencies across the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway.

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