Aug 20
Byline: At 5pm on Wednesday the 20th of August, 2014 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI lifeboat station were tasked to go to the aid of two people stranded on Ballast Island, near Porthmadog.
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The couple, on holiday from the London area, had walked from Portmeirion up the estuary towards Ballast Island at low tide.  Not being aware of local tidal conditions, they had become marooned on the island and required the services of Criccieth's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Doris Joan.

The lifeboat promptly made-way from Criccieth and quickly located the couple who were cold but otherwise unharmed.  Once aboard the lifeboat, they were transferred the short distance to Porthmadog.

Following the incident, Criccieth's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams commented "I would urge anyone venturing onto the estuary's sands at low tide, to be aware that the incoming tide travels swiftly in the estuary.  Today's rescue demonstrates how quickly people can become trapped by the water - thankfully their particular location was high enough to seek safety and await the lifeboat".

 

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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer & Crew on 07554445316 or Ifer_Gwyn@rnli.org.uk 


Aug 20
Byline: Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat, along with an RAF rescue helicopter have been in action today after a fisherman was taken ill aboard a charter angling boat.
Page Content: The alert was raised today (20 August 2014) shortly before 11.00am when a charter angling boat contacted Thames coastguard reporting that one of the fishing party on board had been taken ill and also sustained a head injury. The boat, from Essex, had five persons on board and at the time was at anchor around six miles north of Margate.

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Leonard Kent was tasked to assist along with an RAF Sea King helicopter from Wattisham airfield.

The lifeboat arrived on scene and two crewmembers were put aboard the boat (one also a local paramedic) to assess the casualty. Once the helicopter arrived an additional paramedic was put on board. After initial assessment it was established the casualty required immediate evacuation and was winched into the helicopter. The casualty was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford: the RNLI paramedic crewmember remained with the helicopter for the journey.

No further details about the casualty’s condition are known at this time.



Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate


RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk 
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Aug 19
Byline: Volunteer crewman from the RNLI’s Barrow station today, Tuesday 19th August 2014, launched their inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ to go to the assistance of a disabled dinghy in Walney Channel.
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard raised the alarm when two adults and one child were seen to be in difficulty and unable to start the engine of their inflatable dinghy, whilst in Walney Channel at a location known as ‘The Elbow’. The lifeboat crew were paged at 3-40pm and the boat, crewed  by Ben Jackson and Adam Cleasby, was launched and on its way by 3-50pm.

At the time the weather was fine, the tide had just begun to flood with high water expected at 7-32pm at a height of 7.2 metres. The wind was a moderate breeze from the North West and visibility was excellent.

The crew had travelled the two miles to the scene and had the vessel under tow by 4pm. The dinghy and its crew were safely landed at Ferry Pitching and then the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 4-25pm.
Barrow inshore lifeboat tows in disabled dinghy

Aug 18
Byline: RNLI Angle lifeboat station is again targeting the Milford Haven area in a new campaign to recruit volunteer crew members for its £2.6m state-of the-art Tamar class all weather lifeboat.
Page Content: The station is particularly focused on attracting volunteers with daytime availability.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, providing a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Republic of Ireland.

It offers potential crew members one of the most fulfilling voluntary opportunities around, with first class training, equipment and support.

Successful candidates who join the crew will be collected from Milford Haven when the all weather lifeboat is launched on service.

It‘s the second time Angle lifeboat station has recruited from the Milford Haven area. Its first successful campaign was in October 2012.

Two of its newest recruits, Michael Higgins, Tiers Cross, and Carl Morgan, Milford Haven, recently completed the Trainee Crew All Weather Lifeboat Course at the RNLI College - the charity’s training centre of excellence at Poole in Dorset.

If you are able to make the commitment to become a volunteer crew member and be part of the RNLI family, please contact Coxswain Lewis Creese at Angle lifeboat station on 01646 641204.

There are more than 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members around the UK and the Republic of Ireland, as well as 3,000 volunteer shore crew members who support them.

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RNLI Angle’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason.
Photo: RNLI Angle.


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Angle, on 01437 763675 or Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 or 01745585162 or by email: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789

Aug 18
Byline: Two volunteer crew members at RNLI Angle lifeboat station have had a vital part of their crew training funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
Page Content: Michael Higgins, 39, of Tiers Cross, and Carl Morgan, 36, of Milford Haven, recently travelled to the RNLI College at Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Trainee Crew All Weather Lifeboat Course.

A key part of the RNLI course is the sea survival element, which enables new volunteer crew to be trained in a variety of crucial subjects including how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water; team survival swimming and coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness; how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats; how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat; and the importance of lifejackets.

Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College, which includes a wave tank and a fire-fighting simulator, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea as lifeboat crew.

The training was funded by the Lloyds Register Foundation, an independent charity that funds work to enhance the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air. It is funding the Sea Survival element of the Trainee Crew Course for a five year period from January 2011 to December 2015.

This additional funding of nearly £1 million brings their total support to just over £1.5 million.

Michael is Tree and Landscape Officer with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and previously served at RNLI Little and Broad Haven as a helmsman in its D class inshore lifeboat. Carl is a deckhand with Milford Haven’s Svitzer tug fleet

Talking about the training, Michael and Carl praised the quality and professionalism of the intensive course, with brilliant trainers and superb facilities at the Lifeboat College.

RNLI Angle Lifeboat Operations Manager John Allen-Mirehouse said: ‘The support given by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation is hugely important to the RNLI. We are extremely grateful that it has chosen to fund sea survival training, which teaches vital core skills to our volunteer crew.

‘This training is central to allowing the RNLI and its volunteers to stay safe while on rescue missions. It equips volunteers with essential sea survival skills; providing them with the courage, poise and self-confidence to save lives even in the most perilous seas.’

This donation is just the latest in the Lloyd's Register Foundation relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.

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RNLI Angle trainees Michael Higgins (left) and Carl Morgan with Coxswain Lewis Creese (right).
Photo: RNLI Angle

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Angle, on 01437 763675 or Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 or 01745585162 or by email: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789

Aug 18
Byline: Six persons were brought ashore after being stuck on a sandbank when the incoming tide surrounded them
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Rhyl's volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 1.36pm on Monday 18 August 2014, after the local beach lifeguards reported two adults and four children, stuck on a large sandbank off central Rhyl. The tide had come in around them, and they were now over 100 metres from the shore. One of the lifeguards had gone across the gulley to help the group, and calm them until the lifeboat arrived. The party included four small young children, who would not be able to wade back through the water between the bank and the shore. 

The Coxswain at the station immediately started proceedings to launch the Inshore lifeboat, and the boat was at the water's edge within 4 minutes of the alert. The crew then took the boat to the sandbank, and all the people and the lifeguard were taken on board, and returned to the lifeboat house for a warm-up. No medical attention was required. The service was completed by 2.03pm. This was a good example of the co-operation between the lifeguards and the lifeboat crew.

This is the first call-out for the new IB1 Inshore lifeboat "Mary Maxwell" (D770), which arrived on station on the 12 August. It is hoped the boat will be named later this year.


Aug 18

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Byline: Ramsgate RNLI's all-weather lifeboat (AWB) launched three times on Sunday 17 August, in increasing winds and choppy seas, to assist yachts taking part in races on the first day of 'Ramsgate Week', the town's annual sailing event.
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The first launch, at 10:52am, was to a yacht with an injured crewman, at the end of the Ramsgate Approach Channel. On arrival on scene two of the RNLI crew were transferred to the yacht, via a rib that was in attendance. The two crewmen then assessed the casualty and found him to have a head injury and an injured shoulder and therefore carried out treatment as required. As the casualty was alert and talking it was decided to leave him on the yacht with the RNLI crewmen, rather than transfer him from boat to boat in the choppy seas. The AWB escorted the yacht into Ramsgate Harbour, where the casualty was reassessed by the awaiting ambulance crew. He was then able to climb off the yacht and walk to the ambulance with assistance.

At 1:41pm the AWB launched to another injured yachtsman taking part in the race, who was hit on the head with the spinnaker pole. On scene the yachtsman was transferred to the AWB, along with one of his fellow crewmen, and was assessed by the RNLI crew. The AWB then took the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour and handed him over to the awaiting paramedic, who advised that he be taken to A & E as a precaution.

At 2:55pm the AWB launched again to the same yacht which had now suffered engine failure and was unable to sail due to failure in their rigging. The AWB towed yacht safely into the harbour.

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


Aug 15

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Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station today, Thursday 14th August, 2014, launched their relief Tamar class lifeboat to attend a windfarm support and survey vessel after it had received some damage.
Page Content: The request to launch the lifeboat came from Liverpool Coastguard Co-ordination Centre. It stated that the 450 tonne, 40 metre long support and survey vessel, ‘OMS Pollux’, had been at anchor and engaged in operations 12 miles west of Walney Island when one anchor had suddenly parted, allowing the vessel to swing into a concrete pile of a wind turbine under construction, being pushed onto it by the flood tide. This had caused damage to the port side of the vessel under the water line and light fuel oil was being released into the sea.

The lifeboat was launched at 10-25am with six crew members aboard, under the command of Deputy 2nd Coxswain Dave Kell. The weather was fine and visibility was good, with no wind and a flooding tide which was expected to peak at 2-50pm at a height of 9.5 metres.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene of the incident at 11am and quickly ascertained that the vessel was not taking on any water and that the 18 persons on board were safe, well and uninjured.

Liverpool Coastguard requested the lifeboat to stand by the casualty in case the situation altered and then contacted Barrow Port Control who refused permission for the vessel to enter the Port of Barrow due to the fuel leak.

The vessel was then requested to travel to the Port of Liverpool accompanied by the lifeboat so that repairs could be made.

So as not to leave the sector of the Irish Sea covered by Barrow lifeboat without an all weather lifeboat response to any subsequent emergency,  it was arranged that the casualty vessel would be met and escorted by the Lytham and Hoylake  lifeboats as it continued its journey to Liverpool.

The Barrow crew handed over the escort to the Lytham crew, 12 miles west of the River Ribble, and the Barrow crew returned to station. The boat was washed off and prepared for the next call by 2-45pm.

Aug 13
Byline: Nineteen year old Lorcan Hickey from Kinsale in Cork received his Leaving Certificate results this morning (Wednesday 13 August), while heading out to sea on a lifeboat, from the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset.
Page Content: Lorcan is a volunteer lifeboat crewmember with Kinsale RNLI and received his results from his father Peter, over the phone, while away on a lifeboat training course at the RNLI College.  The location was appropriate for the teenager, as he recently learned that under the Quercus Programme, he has been awarded a full four year Active Citizenship Scholarship from University College Cork (UCC). This scholarship is being granted based on his voluntary work with the RNLI.

Lorcan joined Kinsale RNLI as a volunteer lifeboat crewmember when he was 17 years old. He has been out on a number of call outs with the Cork lifeboat crew and is currently at the RNLI College with two other Kinsale volunteer lifeboat crew, Colum O’Sullivan and Matthew Teehan.  This morning his parents, Peter and Frances Hickey, drove to the Christian Brothers School in Cork to collect his results to ring Lorcan and tell him that he had received 535 points. Lorcan wants to study Biological and Chemical Science in UCC.

Commenting on his results Kinsale RNLI crewmember Lorcan Hickey said, ‘I’m delighted with my points.  Obviously I would have liked to be with my family today but there was no way I was passing up the opportunity to come over to the RNLI College for lifeboat training. In many ways it has been the perfect place to receive the news and to celebrate tonight with lifeboat crew from all over Ireland and the UK.  I am also really proud that the work I do with the charity has enabled me to receive an Active Citizenship Scholarship and I am very grateful to those that selected me for it.’

Loran’s father Peter was also delighted back home in Kinsale and added; ‘Even though Lorcan wasn’t here, he wanted me to ring him the minute I had the envelope in my hands.  He even wanted to hear the sound of me opening it.  It was just like reliving my own Leaving Certificate experience.  We are so proud of Loran and of all the young people who received their results today. Doing what he loves as a volunteer with the RNLI has given him such an incredible opportunities.’

As well as volunteering with Kinsale RNLI Lorcan is also a lifeguard at Garylucas beach.

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org

Aug 13
Byline: At 11am on Tuesday the 13th of August, 2014, volunteer crew members from Criccieth’s RNLI lifeboat station responded to reports of a topper-style dinghy in difficulty near Portmeirion in choppy seas.
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Due to the location of the dinghy, it was decided to launch the station’s smaller inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, from Porthmadog harbour.  The lifeboat was quickly on scene and located the sailing dinghy upstream from the original reported location.  The dinghy had been anchored ashore and left unmanned.  A search was conducted in the area to try an locate the vessel’s occupant, but no one was found.  As it was likely the occupant was ashore, HM Coastguard stood down the lifeboat and continued enquiries ashore.      

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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316