Dec 19
Byline: The owners of Rhyl's Cob & Pen public house were talking to some of the crew as they met after a lifeboat exercise.The subject of crew training came round to the crew's use of video equipment on the boat.
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Owners Noel and Amanda, heard that the existing video camera bought by the crew, was not very efficient in low-light situations. This resulted in many minutes of footage not being used to promote the RNLI's charitable work in rescuing people at sea and in inland flooding (such as St.Asaph and Rhyl in the last few years).

Being dedicated supporters of the RNLI, they decided to do their own fundraising, to purchase the latest GoPro Hero 4 black camera and accessories, enabling the camera to be mounted either on a crew member's headwear, or on a fitting on the boat.

 At a recent event at the Cob & Pen, the camera was presented to Deputy second Coxswain Paul Archer-Jones. Paul said ' We are very grateful to Noel and Amanda for their support for the RNLI charity, and Rhyl crew in particular'

The evening also included a talk on the Rhyl RNLI station history by ex-coxswain Peter Robinson, with some footage taken  by the Rhyl RNLI and flood rescue teams, some of which have been used in national and International media coverage. This had been edited by crew member Callum Robinson.

The attached photo shows Amanda and Noel presenting the camera to Paul Archer-Jones watched by volunteer crew members of Rhyl RNLI lifeboat.


Dec 19

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Byline: A group of students and teachers from King Ethelbert School in Birchington have presented a cheque for £150 to Margate RNLI lifeboat station, money they raised after staging a concert as part of their studies.
Page Content: The group of year 11 Music BTEC students were given a task to organise a concert they were to call MIC’D UP. The idea was to showcase the school’s talented students and teachers. As many teachers as possible were ‘recruited’ to perform with the students, some of the teachers were reported to have hidden talents!

The students who organised MIC’D UP were: Matthew Cowell, Gaby George, Ellie-Perry Taylor, Jess Mantel, Ellisha Allen, Ronnie Skelton and Jack Murray and today (18 December 2015) they handed the cheque over to members of the lifeboat crew after which they were given a tour of the station and a chance to look over the all-weather lifeboat.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority said: “Well done to the students and staff who organised the concert and a big thank you for choosing the RNLI as their chosen charity, the money raised will go directly towards saving life at sea. It is also important for us to highlight our work to young people such as these, they could potentially be future RNLI lifeboat crewmembers and lifeguards.”


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

Dec 18

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Byline: Thousands of messages of support have been received by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, many of which are now proudly hanging on the charity’s Christmas tree at its headquarters in Poole, Dorset.
Page Content: As part of the RNLI’s Christmas appeal, which aims to raise £1.5M for the lifesaving charity, supporters were sent a pack through the post in November, asking them to consider making a donation this festive season. Over £1M has been raised through the appeal so far, which will help the RNLI continue to save lives at sea.

Included in each appeal pack was a pair of cut-out RNLI liferings – one for supporters to hang on their own Christmas trees, and one for them to write a short message on and then send back to the RNLI. Over 3,000 liferings with messages on have been returned to the RNLI, with a selection of them hanging on the charity’s Christmas tree in the foyer of the RNLI College in Poole.

In fact, so many messages of support have been received that they won’t all fit on the Christmas tree. As a result, glass bowls full of messages of support are also on display next to the tree for RNLI staff, volunteers and members of the public to see.

Chris Speers, volunteer crew member at the RNLI’s Poole lifeboat station, said: ‘This Christmas, volunteer RNLI crew members will be on call ready to drop everything to help save lives at sea.

‘To see so many lovely messages of support hanging on the Christmas tree in the RNLI College is really heart-warming.

‘As a charity, we rely on the generosity of the public to support our lifesaving service and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported our Christmas appeal so far. Without this support, the RNLI simply could not reunite the thousands of people we rescue every year with their families.’

Messages received and hanging up on the RNLI Christmas tree include:
‘Such courage. Such bravery. You are the coastline’s heroes.’
‘Happy Christmas to all you brave people (and a ‘shout’ free dinner).’
‘Thank you for being there. Keep safe. Happy Christmas.’
‘We salute your bravery.’
‘Thank you for risking your lives to help save those in distress at sea.’
‘Please keep safe. God bless you all.’
‘Thank you for your courageous & totally selfless work. I know the sea can be horrific at times.’

Anyone who wants to make a donation to the RNLI’s Christmas appeal can do so at RNLI.org/Xmas.

Across last year’s festive period alone*, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 122 times across the UK and Ireland, rescuing 62 people and saving five lives – with six launches taking place on Christmas day.


Notes to editors
• Dan Proctor, RNLI Marketing Manager, is available for media interviews. Please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk
• *The festive period referred to was from 23 December 2013 to 1 January 2014 for lifeboat stations in England, Wales and Ireland and to 2 January 2014 for stations in Scotland.

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.


Dec 17
Byline: As RNLI research* reveals more fishermen die in January than in any other month of the year, the lifesaving charity has launched a hard-hitting campaign encouraging fishermen to make sure their boats keep them safe at sea.
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The campaign features five short films which provide practical advice and use easy to follow animation. The films show how to keep fishing boats stable and highlight factors that lead to a dangerous lack of vessel stability, with RNLI research showing that the majority of deaths in the commercial fishing industry occur when vessel stability is lost.

RNLI figures show that 59% of commercial fishing fatalities were due to a loss of vessel stability leading to capsize, leaking or swamping between 2010 and 2013 – with 30% of deaths occurring in the month of January when seas can be rough and water temperatures are at their lowest. The campaign is targeted at fishermen who work on vessels under 15m in length, as the majority of fishing-related fatal incidents (73%) occurred on fishing boats in this category.

The films cover five key areas that lead to boat instability: overloading, watertight integrity, free surface effect**, modifications and hauling.

The films, which are all under 10 minutes in length, feature experts Peter Duncan, lecturer from the Scottish Maritime Academy, and RNLI Fishing Safety Manager and former commercial fisherman Frankie Horne. They can be viewed at RNLI.org/stability.

Emotive adverts are also being used throughout the campaign, using the strapline ‘Dad’s gone fishing’. The powerful image used in the adverts shows coat hooks in a family home. The coats of mum and two young children are hanging up, but dad’s coat is missing – he’s failed to return home from fishing.

These adverts will appear on Facebook posts targeted at fishermen and their families and friends, in commercial fishing publications and websites, and on outdoor advertising space in four fishing ports. Ad vans will display the advert in Weymouth (Dorset), Newlyn (Cornwall) and Kilkeel (Northern Ireland) between Monday 5 and Monday 12 January, while posters will be on display in Bridlington (north east England) from Monday 5 January to Monday 2 February.

In addition to the adverts, drinks glasses, coasters and coffee mugs have been produced to support the campaign and will be distributed to pubs and bars at fishing ports across the UK and the Republic of Ireland in January. These products feature key safety tips and point fishermen to the vessel stability films online at RNLI.org/stability.

Frankie Horne, RNLI Fishing Safety Manager, said: ‘Data*** shows that, tragically, 49 fishermen died between 2009 and 2012 across the UK and Ireland. We hope that this campaign will help prevent further deaths at sea.
 
‘The majority of these fatalities were fishermen working on boats under 15 metres long and 30% of deaths occurred in the month of January, when sea conditions are often very rough and the water temperature is dangerously low.

‘The aim of this campaign is to encourage fishermen to consider their boat’s stability, so that they stay safe at sea during the winter period. I’d encourage anyone involved in fishing – skippers, crew and their friends and families – to visit RNLI.org/stability and view the films. The short videos provide excellent, practical advice in an easy to digest format.’

The films offer tips and guidance on areas including:
• Leaks, overloading and the free surface effect** of a loose catch can all make a vessel unstable.
• Keep your boat watertight by checking hatches are closed at sea.
• Tie down loose kit and keep scuppers clear.
• When modifying a fishing boat, get professional advice on stability first.
• Cut the net if hauling in a heavy catch makes your boat list.

‘I would also like to remind fishermen of the importance of wearing a personal floatation device. Our figures show that of all commercial fishing fatalities between 2010 and 2013, 59% of those who died were not wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid,’ added Frankie Horne.

Between 2009 and 2013, RNLI lifeboats launched 2,555 times to incidents involving commercial fishing boats, rescuing 3,762 people.


*RNLI-commissioned causal analysis of fatalities in waters around the UK and Republic of Ireland between the period 2010 and 2013.
 
**Definition of free surface effect
In a partly filled tank or fish hold, the contents will shift with the movement of the boat. This ‘free surface’ effect increases the danger of capsizing. The centre of gravity moves over to the side, making the vessel less stable.

***Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) data 2009–12.

Notes to editors
• Nick Fecher, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, and Frankie Horne, RNLI Fishing Safety Manager, are available for interview.
• An image is attached of the ‘Dad’s gone fishing’ poster. High res version is available on request.

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.


Dec 15
Byline: On the evening of Saturday the 6th of December 2014, members from Criccieth's RNLI lifeboat station were invited to attend Madog Yacht Club’s Christmas event and accept a donation of £1,400 towards the charity.
Page Content: The cheque was presented to one of Criccieth lifeboats Helmsmen, Chris Fisher, by the yacht club’s Commodore Brian Sharman.  The presentation of the cheque has become an annual event, providing members of the club with an opportunity to express their support for the charity and their local station.

Following receipt of the cheque, Criccieth’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams commented “We are very grateful to members of the Madog Yacht Club for their generous donation once again this year.  Their support is an important component of maintaining safety upon the sea.  May I wish all members another safe year of sailing and rowing. 

ENDS

For Further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn, Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554445316


Dec 5
Byline: Lifeboat supporter and fundraiser Tina Fennimore along with husband Jeffery and neighbours Mark Claire and Pat hosted an open house event at Tina’s home in Pevensey Bay and raised a staggering £805.45 for Eastbourne lifeboats
Page Content: The highlight of the evening was the switching on of the Christmas lights by Father Christmas and Lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer. The festive spirit continued all evening with traditional treats including roasted chestnuts mulled wine and tasty snacks from the barbeque. Tina also organised games and face painting for the children with cakes, raffles and a book stall for the adults.  

Dec 3
Byline: The Government has agreed to give VAT relief to all charities working as part of the UK Emergency Response Service.
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The RNLI's response is:

'The RNLI is extremely grateful to the government for agreeing to give VAT relief to all charities working as part of the UK Emergency Response Service. This should mean that the RNLI is no longer paying VAT to the Government of around £2.5M each year, which instead will be invested into keeping our coastal communities safe. The RNLI has worked closely with the Charity Tax Group, the Association of Air Ambulances and the UK Search and Rescue Volunteers Working Group to deliver this result, which will benefit all emergency response charities and in turn enable more lives to be saved.

This will also mean the RNLI will now be on the same tax footing as their emergency service colleagues, such as the police, fire service and coastguard agencies.'


Dec 2
Byline: A heart-warming new children’s Christmas book, which can be personalised to put young readers at the centre of a magical festive story, has now sold over 12,000 copies – with all profits supporting the RNLI's lifesaving work.
Page Content: Written by the RNLI’s Senior Editor Rory Stamp, The Big Christmas Rescue is set on a wet and windy Christmas Eve night when most children are tucked up in bed. But when Santa crashes his sleigh in the sea, volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew members go to the rescue – with the help of a very special child.

The buyer can select the name, gender and skin tone of the child at the heart of the story, making it a truly unique gift. Whether the book is bought for a son or daughter, a grandchild, niece or nephew – the little loved one will be thrilled to flick through the pages and see themselves at the centre of the story.

Rory comments: ‘I wrote the story with my own daughters in mind, so I was thrilled to see Emma Bunton tweet a picture of her children’s copies of The Big Christmas Rescue, saying that she loved the books.’ To view Emma’s tweet, click here.

Children’s TV presenter Chris Jarvis visited the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station in London to do a special reading on film, which is available to view on the charity’s YouTube channel. To view the film click here.

Chris Jarvis, who co-presents the hit CBeebies programme Show Me Show Me, said: ‘The Big Christmas Rescue is a beautiful book and a great read – it’s the perfect gift for children this Christmas. I love the way the book can be personalised, putting readers at the heart of the story.’

Rory Stamp, 37, is editor of the RNLI’s Lifeboat magazine and he wrote this festive story largely in his own time. Based at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, he has written many stories of heroism and drama over the 10 years he’s worked for the lifesaving charity.

‘I wrote the story in the build up to Christmas 2013 and was able to try it out on the most honest and beautiful critics I could possibly have found, my daughters Lucie and Hattie. It is wonderful to see this book being well-loved by other people’s children, introducing them to the RNLI as well as raising money to help keep volunteer lifeboat crews equipped, trained and safe,’ said Rory.

The book is priced at £9.95 and is available to order online at RNLISHOP.org/BigRescue. The last order date for The Big Christmas Rescue to guarantee delivery before Christmas is Monday 15 December 2014.

RNLI lifeboat crews launched 122 times across the UK and Ireland during last year’s festive period*, rescuing 62 people and saving five lives – with six launches taking place on Christmas day.

Notes to editors
• Rory Stamp, the book’s author is available for media interviews. To request an interview, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk
• *The festive period referred to was from 23 December 2013 to 1 January 2014 for lifeboat stations in England, Wales and Ireland and to 2 January 2014 for stations in Scotland.

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.

Dec 1

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Byline: Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat responded to a Mayday distress call on Sunday afternoon when the engine of a small fishing boat ‘exploded’ seven miles offshore
Page Content: The four fisherman were seven miles south-east of Sovereign Harbour when the engine of their 8 metre vessel emitted a loud bang. Fearful that a disaster was about to follow, the occupants put out an all stations distress alert on their VHF radio. The distress was picked up by Dover Coastguard and the Boarder Agency vessel Searcher which was patrolling in the area. Searcher stood by the stricken vessel whilst Dover Coastguard requested the assistance of Eastbourne RNLI. Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat launched and was soon on scene at which time Searcher was stood down. Two volunteer crewmen from the lifeboat were put aboard the casualty vessel to ensure all was secure and then a tow was rigged. The long journey back to harbour was then commenced with the party arriving at the marina locks over an hour later, cold but otherwise unharmed.

Nov 26
Byline: Popular children’s television presenter Chris Jarvis visited the RNLI's Tower lifeboat station in London to do a special reading of the charity’s new Christmas book, with the video of the reading to be broadcast on Sunday evening (30 November).
Page Content: The heart-warming new children’s Christmas book, called The Big Christmas Rescue, can be personalised to put young readers at the centre of a magical festive story. The buyer can select the name, gender and skin tone of the child in the story, making it a truly unique gift for their own special little person.

The film of Chris Jarvis’ reading will be broadcast on the charity’s YouTube channel – YouTube.com/RNLI – at 7pm on Sunday 30 November as a special bedtime story.

Chris Jarvis, who co-presents the hit CBeebies programme Show Me Show Me, visited Tower lifeboat station earlier this month to do the reading. He said: ‘The Big Christmas Rescue is a beautiful book and a great read – it’s the perfect gift for children this Christmas. I love the way the book can be personalised, putting readers at the heart of the story.’

Over 12,000 copies of the book have now been sold, with all profits supporting the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

The Big Christmas Rescue is set on a wet and windy Christmas Eve night when most children are tucked up in bed. But when Santa crashes his sleigh in the sea, volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew members go to the rescue.

Rory Stamp, 37, is editor of the RNLI’s Lifeboat magazine and he wrote this festive story largely in his own time. Based at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, he has written many stories of heroism and drama over the 10 years he’s worked for the lifesaving charity.

Rory said: ‘I wrote the story in the build up to Christmas 2013 and was able to try it out on the most honest and beautiful critics I could possibly have found, my daughters Lucie and Hattie.

‘I hope everyone enjoys the video of Chris Jarvis reading the book – he did a great job bringing the story to life. I’d encourage grown-ups and children alike to settle down on Sunday evening to enjoy this special Christmas story.’

Rory will be doing a live Q&A at 7.15pm on Sunday evening, after the video has been broadcast on the charity’s YouTube channel. Follow @RNLI on Twitter for updates and to find out how to ask Rory a question.

The book is priced at £9.95 and is available to order online at RNLISHOP.org/BigRescue. The last order date for The Big Christmas Rescue to guarantee delivery before Christmas is Monday 15 December 2014.


Notes to editors
• Rory Stamp, the book’s author, is available for media interviews. To request an interview, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk
• RNLI lifeboat crews launched 122 times across the UK and Ireland during last year’s festive period, rescuing 62 people and saving five lives – with six launches taking place on Christmas day. The festive period referred to was from 23 December 2013 to 1 January 2014 for lifeboat stations in England, Wales and Ireland and to 2 January 2014 for stations in Scotland.

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.