Sep 30

Midnight-launch-for-Criccieth-RNLI

Byline: At 12.40am on September the 30th, 2014 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI lifeboat station were requested to launch their inshore rescue boat to assist a young woman stranded on a parapet of Britannia Bridge, Porthmadog.
Page Content: ​The woman, who had entered the water sometime earlier, was cold and wet.  Other emergency services in attendance had been unable to reach her given her position and the high tide. The crew towed the station's inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, to Porthmadog by road and launched on the inland side of the bridge - launching quickly after their pagers had sounded.

The lifeboat was eased into the water down a steep embankment before proceeding the short distance towards the casualty.  She was bought safely ashore by the crew.  The crew then returned to the bridge to bring ashore a fireman who had climbed down to a location near the woman.

The young woman was passed to the care of Criccieth's​ HM Coastguard team and an awaiting ambulance.

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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn, Press Officer & Crew at Criccieth Lifeboat Station on 07554445316. 



Sep 28
Byline: On Saturday 27th September, 2014 Belfast Coastguard received a call from the wife of a man who was stranded on his yacht which was on a mooring in Portkill Bay.
Page Content: Apparently the vessel had broken free from its mooring earlier and had drifted onto the shore. The owner had managed to get it refloated and back onto a mooring however then had no means of getting ashore.  His wife, who was on the beach, was concerned that he might attempt to swim ashore.  The lifeboat launched at 0212 hours and transferred the man from his yacht to Kilcreggan pier.  The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 0309 hours.

Sep 27
Byline: Volunteer crew from the Barrow lifeboat station tonight, Saturday 27th September 2014, launched both the all weather and inshore lifeboats following information from Liverpool Coastguard that cries for help ad been heard by fishermen
Page Content: The information was received at 9-50pm from the Coastguard,  to the effect that two fishermen had reported having been placing out long lines on the west side of Walney Island in the area of Biggar Bank when they heard cries for help from the shoreline. It was thought that they may have come from a person in the water.

The inshore lifeboat was launched at 10-02pm manned by three crew with Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Kell in charge, and  the all weather Tamar class lifeboat followed shortly afterwards at 10-05pm with six crew aboard under the command of the Station Coxswain, Shaun Charnley.

The weather was fine and dry with good visibility and no wind. The spring tide was flooding with a high water of 9 metres expected at 1-09am.

The inshore lifeboat arrived at the scene at 10-25pm and the crew made contact with the mobile team of Furness Coastguard who had arrived to commence a shore search of the tideline. The lifeboat fired white parachute flares to illuminate the scene and travelled up and down the shallow waters near the shore. Meanwhile the larger all weather boat used her powerful floodlights to assist in the search and being much higher out of the water than the inshore boat, she was able to obtain a better field of vision and she searched further into the deeper water.

The Millom Coastguard mobile team arrived and joined in the search whilst potential witnesses ashore were spoken to.

Following a thorough search of a wide area of both the sea and the shoreline, no people were found and no further shouts were heard, so Liverpool Coastguard gave the instruction to stand down. Both lifeboats returned to station and were washed down and re-housed by 12-30am.

John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said, “With a flooding tide anyone in the water would have been pushed by the tide towards the shore. The lifeboat and coastguard crews carried out a thorough search and nothing was found, so we believe it to have been a false alarm with good intent”.

Sep 27

Late-night-rescue-of-lone-yachtswoman

Byline: A single handed sailor calls for help after chest pains.
Page Content: The Plymouth RNLI were called out last night (26.09.14) to a position some two nautical miles south west of the Edison Lighthouse. A single handed yachts woman sailing an 8.3 metre sailing yacht was reported to be suffering potentially serious medical problems. After a consultation via radio with on-shore medical personnel a decision was taken to launch the lifeboat.
At 8.30 p.m. the pagers of the volunteer crew sounded the alert and then shortly after the all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover put to sea.
 
Upon arriving on scene the sailing yacht was found to be in disorder with loose sails flapping and a rope caught around the propeller. Two Rnli personnel crew were immediately put aboard the boat and there found below in the saloon a woman who was clearly in medical distress. The decision was then quickly made to transfer the casualty to the lifeboat in order that she could be cared for and receive first aid.

Leaving two of it's crew on the casualty’s' boat, the Plymouth lifeboat then made a dash for it's berth at Millbay marina and a waiting ambulance.

Note to Editors
For local information Barry Perrins  Plymouth lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer  07790033796  or barryperrins@yahoo.com    

Sep 27
Byline: Volunteer crewman from Barrows RNLI station launched their inshore lifeboat at 1-18am today, Saturday 27th September 2014, following reports that a male had entered the water in the area of Ferry Pitching and was drifting away on the tide.
Page Content: The initial report had come at 1-07am from Liverpool Coastguard who requested the Barrow lifeboat attend the Ferry area of Walney Channel in response to the report. Members of NW Ambulance Service were standing by at the scene whilst officers from Cumbra Police, Furness Coastguard and Duddon Inshore Rescue searched  the area for the male.

The Barrow Inshore lifeboat launched, manned by Andy Baxter and Paul Wilcock under the command of Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Kell, and quickly made its way to the scene which was three miles north of station, arriving at 1-30am.  The crew fired a white parachute flare to illuminate the scene whilst the search continued.

The weather was fine with a slight breeze, but the main danger for a person in the water was the temperature and the power of the large spring tide of 9.1 metres which was expected to peak at 1-35am.

It was then, whilst the search was ongoing, that a report came in that a second person had entered the water near to Mill Lane junction. At this point of Walney Channel, once the tide had turned, the ebb tide would have taken a swimmer out to the north and into the Duddon Estuary. The decision was then taken to launch the all weather Tamar class lifeboat from the RNLI station at Roa Island. Due to the state of the tide and the water restriction in the Northern reaches of Walney Channel, this vessel manned by six crew, under command of 2nd Coxswain Jonny Long, had to attend the scene via the south and west coast of Walney Island to get to the mouth of the Duddon.

At 1-42am a person was recovered from the water at Mill Lane and attended by ambulance personnel, but because of the report of a second person in the water the search continued.

The all weather lifeboat launched at 1-50am and had reached Walney airfield on the west side of Walney by 2-18am,when it was confirmed that the person recovered from the channel was the only person to have entered the water. All emergency services were then stood down and the lifeboats returned to station, where they were prepared for the next emergency by 3-40am.

John Falvey, Barrow Lifeboat spokesman said, “I don’t know why the man entered the water, but he was very lucky not to have succumbed to the cold water and strength of the tide.”

Sep 26
Byline: At 10am on Friday the 26th of September, 2014 volunteer crew members from Criccieth’s RNLI lifeboat station launched to investigate reports of two empty kayaks drifting near the town’s western beach.
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The station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, was quickly on scene.  The crew recovered the smaller of the two kayaks, leaving a larger kayak in the water as a marker for the ensuing search for occupants.  The lifeboat conducted a thorough search of the bay whilst efforts were made ashore to identify the crafts’ owners and if anyone had been aboard either kayak. 

Following a search of around 45 minutes, the lifeboat was stood-down as it was reported that both kayaks had in fact drifted overnight from Abersoch and were unaccompanied.  The crew recovered the second kayak and returned ashore.         


ENDS

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


Sep 25

Eastbourne-lifeboat-rescues-stranded-yacht

Byline: Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat went to the assistance of a 50ft yacht on Wednesday evening after it had suffered a mechanical failure and was unable to enter harbour.
Page Content: The yacht was on passage from Dover to Southampton with two people on board who had intended to stay overnight at Sovereign Harbour. When the crew tried to furl the yachts headsail the furling gear suffered a malfunction and they were unable to get the sail down. It being far too dangerous to try and negotiate the harbour entrance with the large sail still hoisted they had no alternative but to call for assistance. Eastbourne’s ALB was scrambled and quickly covered the short distance to the disabled yacht. Two volunteer lifeboat crew members were put aboard the casualty vessel and manually furled the headsail. They stayed aboard whilst the yacht made its way into the marina locks under its own power with the ALB acting as escort. 

Sep 24

Ramsgate-receives-Atlantic-85

Byline: Ramsgate RNLI's new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat arrived on station on Monday 22 September.
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The Atlantic 85 Claire and David Delves is replacing Alantic 75 Bob Turnbull which has been the station's inshore lifeboat since the year 2000. Unlike the all-weather Trent Esme Anderson which lays afloat the station's inshore lifeboat is kept within the boathouse and launched by being lowered into the sea via a davit. As the new boat is larger than its predecessor building work has been necessary to enlarge the inshore lifeboat accommodation which has been funded by Trinity House.

The Ramsgate's volunteer crew are currently undergoing training to familiarise themselves with their new boat and when this is completed Bob Turnbull will be withdrawn from the station.

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


Sep 24

Ramsgate-lifeboat-assists-yacht

Byline: Ramsgate RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched at 9.40am on Tuesday 23 September to assist a becalmed yacht.
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The 14m yacht with engine failure and unable to make way under sail due to lack of wind was 14 miles off Ramsgate in a potentially dangerous position in the separation zone. On arrival on the scene the lifeboat crew attached a tow rope and safely towed the yacht and crew into Ramsgate 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


Sep 24
Byline: On Tuesday 23rd September 2014 Belfast Coastguard was contacted by the owner of a yacht that was adrift off Greenock.
Page Content: The vessel had experienced engine failure and, with only himself on board, the owner was unable to sail back to the James Watt Dock.  The lifeboat crew was paged and the boat launched at 1312 hours.  The crew located the vessel and towed it back to the James Watt Dock where the owner had a berth.  Once the vessel was secured alongside, the lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 1430 hours.