Oct 14


Byline: Did you know that just 15 per cent of UK adults have included a charity bequest in their Will?
Page Content: As part of a campaign to raise awareness of charity gifts in Wills, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is offering supporters the opportunity to write their Will for free this October at participating solicitors in England and Wales.

Last year, lifeboat crews and lifeguards in the UK and Ireland came to the aid of 8,384 people, saving 325 lives.

Where 6 out of 10 RNLI lifeboat launches are only made possible through donations left in Wills, October Free Wills Month is an opportunity to make a bequest that will cost nothing in your lifetime, but make a real difference in years to come.

After taking care of loved ones, any gift is precious to the RNLI. Just £330 pays for a new lifejacket to keep an inshore lifeboat crew member safe at sea, £600 is enough to equip a beach lifeguard, while £1,404 will provide the annual training required for a lifeboat crew member.

Guy Rose, Legacy Administration Manager for the RNLI says: ‘We’re excited to be able to offer members of the public the chance to write, or indeed re-write,  their Will for free this October, and although they are not obliged to leave a gift to the RNLI, we really do hope they will consider doing so.

‘We’ve had some wonderful gifts in the past, from sailing boats and beautiful paintings to a 100-year-old bottle of brandy and even a gold tooth!’

Leesa Harwood, Director of Fundraising says: ‘The RNLI benefits from legacy gifts for a large proportion of its funding. But the future of the RNLI over the coming years depends on the generosity of those who remember the charity when they write their Will today.’

‘Pledging a legacy donation helps to secure the future of the lifesaving service that our volunteer crews and lifeguards will continue to provide in years to come.’

For more information about Free Wills Month visit RNLI.org/freewills or contact Nicky Comber nicky_comber@rnli.org.uk.

Oct 12


Byline: A family enjoying a Sunday work along the rocky shoreline at Eathie, on the Black Isle raised the alarm when one of the party fell and hurt their head and ankle on the rocks.
Page Content: Aberdeen Coastguard requested the launch of the Invergordon all-weather Lifeboat shortly after 1.30pm to attend and assist the casualty.  

The Trent class Lifeboat ‘MacQuarrie’ and her volunteer crew arrived on scene within 30 minutes. Once arrived, 2 Volunteer went ashore in the XP Daughter craft, to access the casualty, and administer 1st Aid.  

Made comfortable by RNLI crew local coastguard team and Scottish Ambulance Service Paramedics who arrived on scene shortly after, Aberdeen Coastguard also tasked Rescue 100 from Stornoway who made best speed to the casualty, to perform a winch from the isolated shoreline to Raigmore Hospital.  

Once the injured female was recovered to the safety of the helicopter, the Lifeboat and her crew made their way back to Invergordon West Harbour, refuelled and made ready for service by 5pm

Oct 11


Byline: Ramsgate RNLI's new inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched at 3.06am on Saturday 11 October to rescue a person in the water in Ramsgate's inner harbour.
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The launch took place around twelve hours after the ending of the ceremony in which HRH The Princess Royal had officially named the station’s new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Claire and David Delves. On arrival at the scene the ILB crew quickly located the person and got them safely on board the lifeboat. They were brought back to the lifeboat station and taken into a warm room where they were checked over by an ambulance crew and found to be in the early stages of hypothermia and as a result taken into the ambulance for further hospital treatment.

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

Oct 9
Byline: A new research project being run by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is exploring attitudes towards risk and safety, and the various ways in which yacht sailors participate in their sport.
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The research, which is supported by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal Yacthing Association (RYA), will look at what motivates sailors, how often they go to sea, their experience and training, awareness of potential hazards and use of safety procedures and equipment. The findings will be used to help develop tailored and relevant safety messages for yacht sailing community.

An online questionnaire is launching today (Thursday 9 October) and will run for five weeks, during which time anyone who participates in yacht sailing – no matter how often or what level of experience – is invited to visit http://www.rnliyachting.substance.coop/ and complete the short survey.

The survey will be supplemented by focus groups held in selected locations. The project will be undertaken by Substance research, on behalf of the RNLI.

Pip Hare, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, explains the reasoning behind the research project:

‘The RNLI exists to save lives at sea – a large part of that role is trying to prevent incidents from happening in the first place by providing important safety information. RNLI incident data shows our lifeboat crews have rescued almost 9,850 yacht sailors in the last five years.

‘We’re always pleased to see people enjoying their leisure time at the coast and we want to help ensure they can take part in their chosen activity safely.

‘The aim of this research is to help us understand why people get involved and how they behave when they are on the water so we can provide the most relevant and useful safety information to them. We’re working with the RYA and MCA to join expertise in coastal safety with experience of the sport. Once we have the results of the research, we will work together to develop the most suitable safety programmes and advice.’

Stuart Carruthers, Cruising Manager at the RYA, says:

‘Recreational boating activities are predominantly safe and fun, but accidents which could have been prevented do happen. The RYA’s advice – look after yourself; have a plan; keep in touch and know your limits – underpin the RYA ethos of self-reliance and responsibility for safety on board. The RYA supports this research because it will provide a clearer insight of people’s attitudes to their safety and help us to promote safe behaviour and practice in a more effective way.’

Kirsten Pointer, Head of Evidence Analysis and Research from the MCA, adds:

‘The results of this survey will really help to provide an evidence base to support the improvement of yachting safety standards.’

Those wishing to participate in the survey can visit http://www.rnliyachting.substance.coop/  from Thursday 9 October to complete the short questionnaire. All who participate in the survey are offered the option of free entry into a prize draw to win a McMurdo Fast Find personal locator beacon. A winner will be chosen at random by 15 November 2014. Full terms and conditions for the prize draw, as well as further information about the study, can also be found through the above link.  

Notes to editors

  • RNLI spokespeople are available for interview. Please contact RNLI Public Relations on the numbers below.
  • A photo is attached. Please credit RNL/Nathan Williams.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663181 / Laura_Fennimore@rnli.org.uk.

Oct 8
Byline: Volunteer crewman from the RNLI’s Barrow station, tonight, Wednesday 8th October 2014, responded to a request from Liverpool Coastguard for lifeboat assistance to a report of a person in the water in the North Walney Channel near to the slagbank, three mi
Page Content: The crew were paged at 8-22pm and the inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ was launched at 8-30pm with crew Ben Jackson, Paul Wilcock and Adam Cleasby on board. The lifeboat made good progress to Jubilee bridge, but after that encountered shallow water which caused her to slow considerably to navigate alongside the Channelside promenade, even though the spring tide was flooding quite fast with a high water expected at 12-55am at a height of 10.1 metres.

Having arrived at the scene it was reported by the lifeboat that a casualty had been found by police officers on a mussel bed at the side of the channel and had not been in the water as original reports suggested. Ambulance paramedics were also on scene treating the casualty for injuries sustained. Also at the scene were members of Furness Coastguard Team who had been assisting in the search.

Due to poor radio reception in the area and because of the risks posed by the flooding tide, the lifeboat remained at the scene standing by to act as a radio relay link between the emergency services and the Liverpool Coastguard Rescue Co-ordination Centre. A helicopter was requested to attend and the casualty was flown to Preston Royal hospital for treatment.

The lifeboat crew was stood down at 9-45pm after all emergency staff and equipment was safely ashore. She then returned to the Roa Island station where she was washed off and made ready for the next incident by 10-40pm

Oct 8


Byline: Following a review of the charity’s supporter publications, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has today - Wednesday 8 October 2014 - launched a new bi-monthly online magazine.
Page Content: The charity that saves lives at sea has also re-launched its quarterly print magazine Lifeboat, which is sent to approximately 270,000 RNLI supporters and was first published in 1852.

The RNLI has decided to streamline the number products it uses to communicate with supporters. A range of supporter publications have been condensed into two main offerings – Lifeboat and Magazine.

Magazine, available on the RNLI’s website, is a bi-monthly web magazine freely available for everyone to use – not just RNLI members. In keeping with the RNLI’s focus on engaging with new audiences, Magazine will appeal to younger readers than Lifeboat, offering interactive content with a responsive design that works across mobile, tablet and desktop.

The online magazine will also be a useful engagement tool, providing the charity with valuable data gathering opportunities and offering users the opportunity to make on-the-spot online donations.

The re-invigorated Lifeboat magazine is a key retention tool, providing relevant and useful content to existing RNLI supporters. Lifeboat’s readership is made up of loyal RNLI supporters, and the magazine will now encompass regional content, broken down into five geographical areas of the UK and Ireland.

Mairéad Dwane, Magazine editor, said: ‘We have listened to our supporters’ views and produced a web magazine that we are really excited about. There will be lots of interactive content about the incredible work of our lifesavers for people to enjoy, comment on and share.

‘Magazine gives RNLI supporters the chance to read quality feature-style content online, created just for them. By presenting these stories on the website and not putting them behind a paywall, we are making them available to everybody, including potential new supporters.

‘As the pages are responsive and look great on mobiles, we are delivering our stories in the right way for today’s supporters.’

The RNLI decided to revamp Lifeboat and launch Magazine following research, benchmarking and after analysing the results of a survey sent to 5,800 supporters about the charity’s publications.

The online magazine is available at RNLI.org/magazine, with the first issue of Lifeboat in its new format being received by RNLI supporters this week.

Notes to editors
• Mairéad Dwane, Magazine editor, is available for media interviews. Rory Stamp, Lifeboat editor, and Julia Kennard, RNLI Content and Channel Manager, are also available for media interviews. To request an interview, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on the below details.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

Oct 6
Byline: At 1327 hours on Saturday 4th October 2014 Helensburgh RNLI lifeboat was paged after Belfast Coastguard received a call from a member of the staff at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club reporting a person in the water.
Page Content: Fortunately the person was rescued from the water fairly promptly by a Clyde Marine Unit vessel that was in the vicinity at the time.  The person, who required no medical attention, was taken ashore to the Royal Gourock Yacht Club.
Apparently he had fallen overboard from a yacht that was on its mooring and he was the only person on board.  The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 1405 hours.

Oct 5
Byline: The family of Claire Perkins - the 20 year old woman who died when her wheelchair fell into the harbour - paid a poignant visit to Lyme Regis yesterday (Sat, Oct. 4th) to mark the third anniversary of the tragic accident.
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Seven of Claire's relations travelled from Solihull in the West Midlands and paid their respects at a special plaque in the harbour close to the spot where the incident occurred.

They also repeated their thanks to everyone who tried to save Claire on October 7th, 2011 and presented a donation of £500 to Lyme Regis RNLI whose crew members were among those who attempted a rescue.

Laura Morris, Claire's cousin, said:"With the anniversary so close we felt we had to visit Lyme Regis to make sure everyone knew how grateful we are for their attempts to help Claire."

The donation to the RNLI was raised by Claire's uncle, James Morris and two friends, Kevan Drayton and Karl Caddick, at the West Midlands warehouse where they work.  They played darts and snooker non-stop for 12 hours.The company has promised to double the amount they raised.

The family members who visited Lyme are Claire's mother and father, Paula and Mark Perkins, her grandmother Hazel Perkins, cousin Laura Morris and her partner Graham Edgar, and Claire's uncle and aunt, James and Theresa Morris.

One of the Lyme Regiis RNLI volunteers who tried to rescue Claire, helmsman Elliott Herbert, said:"I am pleased to have met Claire's closest relations.  Of course, it was a poignant visit and it brought back memories of a tragic accident, and the family were generous in their praise for everyone involved on the day, not just the RNLI>"


Oct 4
Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is expressing its thanks to a host of dedicated runners in this weekend’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival.
Page Content: Legendary local solo ocean sailor Steve White was at the charity marquee to show his support.

Taking place across the weekend, the festival sees over 40 fit fundraisers running in aid of the charity whose volunteer lifeboat crew members rescued 719 people and saved 18 lives in Dorset and Hampshire last year.

Well-known solo ocean sailor Steve White, who lives with his family in Dorset, visited the RNLI’s charity marquee in Bournemouth Gardens. He said: ‘It’s a vibrant atmosphere in Bournemouth today and it’s been great to see some of the RNLI’s fundraisers arriving with their medals. The RNLI is such a worthy cause to support through events such as these.

‘I wish all the best to the RNLI supporters running over the weekend.’

There are plenty more fundraising events for those inspired to run for the RNLI including this November’s Reindeer Run. Sign up to take part at RNLI.org.uk/reindeerrun and choose from 1k, 5k and 10k.

Steve White
Ranked one of the world’s top sailors, Steve White has competed in some of the most challenging offshore races in the world, including the Vendée Globe where he finished eighth out of a starting line-up of 30 skippers. After the 2016 Vendee Globe, Steve will embark on Westabout, known as the toughest challenge in sailing, where he will sail non-stop, solo around the world the wrong way against the prevailing winds and currents in the Southern Ocean.

Oct 1
Byline: RNLI Angle’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason has now returned to her station after being away, undergoing modifications, for most of the summer.
Page Content: Her first call out, on her return, was late on Wednesday (24 September) to a 7m yacht, which had suffered engine failure about 20 miles south of Linney Head. There were two persons on board.

The lifeboat was launched at 11.52pm and once on scene a tow was rigged and a course was set for Milford Haven.

At the entrance to Milford Docks the casualty was rigged into an alongside tow and taken to the Mackerel Stage. With the casualty safely secured, the lifeboat was released and returned to station, where she was rehoused at 6.34am.

On Sunday (28 September) the Mark Mason launched at 11.47am, following a report that a kayaker had spotted a body in the water off Jenkins Point, Lawrenny. The Water Ranger and Police Boat Mike 66 had also been tasked to the incident.

The body was recovered alongside the Water Ranger’s craft and transferred to the lifeboat, which headed for Neyland. There, the body was handed over to the police and the lifeboat was later released to return to her station.

The Tamar lifeboat Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson made her last call out from Angle, after a busy summer on relief duty there, when she launched at 1.45am on 20 September to a report of a distressed person on the Cleddau Bridge, about 6 miles upriver.

Once on scene, the lifeboat stood by in case assistance was required. With the situation resolved by land personnel, the lifeboat returned to her station to be rehoused at 4.15am.

Note to editors

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