QAVS Award

Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation Ltd (MIRO) is delighted to have received
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
in recognition of the commitment of MIRO volunteers past and present.


30 Call Outs in 2021

Manned by unpaid volunteers, ready to respond to incidents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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 Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation

MIRO was formed in July 2005 when it became apparent that there was a need for a dedicated rescue service to cover Findhorn bay and its approaches. The Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) tasked MIRO to cover not only Findhorn bay and its approaches but also the inshore waters of the Moray Firth between Burghead and Nairn. In August 2005 MIRO launched its first boat, the Glyn Whitehead, named after a Findhorn sailor who tragically lost his life at sea in 2003.

In August 2007 MIRO was named by the Maritime Coastguard Agency as a declared facility and began operating its fully dedicated service with volunteers on call 24/7. MIRO is manned entirely by unpaid volunteers who give up their time to train, raise funds and save lives.

On 2nd June 2020 MIRO received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. It is regarded as the ‘MBE’ for voluntary organisations.

MIRO’s Mission is to:

  •  protect life by the provision and maintenance of an inshore rescue facility available for use in any emergency life-saving situation connected with use by the general public in the inland and coastal waters around Findhorn Bay
  • support UK Coastguard and RNLI operations where possible in the vicinity of Findhorn Bay and its approaches