Sep 16
Byline: A Porthmadog based specialist rock engineering firm, Colin Jones Rock Engineering Ltd, has helped Criccieth RNLI lifeboat secure a steel container used to temporarily house their inshore rescue boat.
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The container, which was moved during last year’s powerful winter storms, has now been bolted in place by the company's specialist engineers using ground anchor bolts.  All costs were met by the company as a gesture of goodwill towards the station.

It is expected that a permanent boathouse will be built to house the station’s smaller Arancia Class lifeboat, Margaret a Nantw, and the 4x4 used to tow the boat and transport the crew and their equipment, on a nearby piece of land.   

Following the work, Criccieth Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams commented “I’d like to thank Dave Jones of Colin Jones Rock Engineering Ltd for offering to undertake this work as a gesture of goodwill.  The ground works will help ensure that the container is safely anchored during the coming winter’s storms.  It also demonstrates how the goodwill of local businesspeople helps the charity meet its requirements”.

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


Sep 15

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Byline: RNLI 2nd Coxswain Jonny Long and Branch Treasurer Jackie Bailey from the Barrow station were on hand recently when they were presented with a £5,000 donation towards their funds by Mrs Maureen Richardson of Walney Island.
Page Content: The donation was given in the memory of Maureens late husband, Frank, who was once a merchant navy officer  who served many years on the Orient line. Maureen remembered, ” Frank always said that having experienced the power of the sea whilst in the navy, he came to realise the meaning of the phrase ‘always respect the sea’. Because he had personally experienced the power of storms he always respected the lifeboat crews who went out to rescue people in trouble. When I decided to do something in his memory, this donation to the Barrow lifeboat seemed very fitting”.

2nd Coxswain Jonny Long said, “The RNLI is the charity which saves lives at sea, and relies solely on voluntary contributions from generous members of the public to provide our boats, equipment and training. We are extremely grateful to Maureen for this massive donation.”

Sep 15
Byline: Volunteer crewman from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched both their inshore and all weather lifeboats tonight, Sunday 14th September 2014, to go to the assistance of a motor vessel with a propeller fouled on a mooring rope.
Page Content: The information came from Liverpool Coastguard at 7-48pm that the 11 metre long, steel hulled, vessel ‘MV Eagle’ had picked up a mooring buoy on the edge of  Walney Channel, Barrow approximately one tenth of a mile northwest of the lifeboat station. In doing so the mooring rope had become fouled on the vessels propeller and the two man crew were unable to free the mooring and get under way again. The crew were paged at 7-51pm.

The tide at the time was ebbing with a low water of 1.8 metres expected at 10-24pm. The weather was fine, but the easterly breeze was beginning to increase to moderate.

The all weather lifeboat with a crew of six under the command of Barrow Coxswain, Shaun Charnley, launched at 8pm and was alongside the casualty at 8-05pm. The inshore lifeboat with a three man crew followed shortly afterwards and went alongside the casualty whilst the larger boat used her floodlights to illuminate the scene as it was by this time dusk and light was fading fast, and also stood by in case a tow was necessary.

After a. prolonged effort the vessel was eventually freed from the mooring and escorted to the lifeboat emergency mooring off the lifeboat station.

The crews then returned the lifeboats to the station and after washing down and refuelling they were re-housed by 10pm.

Sep 14

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Byline: The Plymouth lifeboat and her volunteer crew were called out at 11.45a.m. this morning (14.09.2014) to reports of a yacht in distress some 3 miles south of the Eddystone lighthouse.
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After launching from their berth at Millbay Marina the Severn class lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover encountered rolling seas and strong wind while searching for the casualty yacht.

As information was received it was found that the 10.6 metre sailing boat with 3 crew on board had suffered structural failure and broken her mast. This had left the vessel strewn with broken rigging and lines making her unmanoeuvrable and struggling in heavy seas.

Two of the Plymouth lifeboat crew were put on-board the yacht to assist it's own crew and secure the boat so it could be taken in tow. After initial difficulty’s of making safe dangerous broken rigging and spars that had covered the boat, a tow was connected from the Rnli all-weather lifeboat.

Due to the damage on the yacht and rolling sea conditions slow but safe progress was made to shore at Mayflower marina. With the occupants of the yacht uninjured and having spent five and a half hours at sea, the crew of the Plymouth lifeboat returned to station.

Notes to Editors ; For local information, Barry Perrins Plymouth lifeboat press officer 07790033796 or barryperrins@yahoo.comPlymouth lifeboat resuces


Sep 13
Byline: Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew were called out to medical emergencies twice within a six hour period on Saturday
Page Content: Kyle lifeboat crew were paged at 7:29am on Saturday morning to reports of an injured person on the shore in the Duncraig area of loch Carron.  Kyle lifeboat launched within 10 minutes and arrived on scene at 7:50am by which time a member of the local Coastguard team had located the casualty on the shore to the east of Craig.  The lone male canoeist had slipped and suffered a suspected fractured ankle the previous night but had been unable to raise the alarm until the morning.  Kyle lifeboat put crew members ashore to assess the casualty before securing him to a stretcher and carrying him back to the lifeboat.  The crew then took the casualty to the pontoons in Plockton where they transferred him to a waiting ambulance before returning to rescue his canoe and equipment.  The lifeboat then returned to station and was refuelled and ready for service at 9:50am.

The lifeboat was called into action again at 1:28pm after an elderly male slipped and fell whilst walking on the shore at a remote bay to the south of Balmacara.  The lifeboat arrived on scene within 5 minutes and once again put crew members ashore to assess the casualty’s condition.  The 89 year old male had a severe laceration to his face which required treatment before the crew could transfer him to the lifeboat.  They then transported the casualty to the waiting ambulance in Kyle before being stood down and returning to the station.  The lifeboat was refuelled once again and was ready for service at 3:00pm.

Notes to editors:
• For further details on either casualty please contact Stornoway Coastguard
• The first picture shows the canoeist being transferred onto the lifeboat
• The second picture shows the second casualty being handed over to the ambulance crew
• This is the 21st time that Kyle lifeboat has been called into service in 2014


RNLI media contacts:
Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or montuba@gmail.com

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Sep 13
Byline: Both Eastbourne lifeboats were launched on Friday afternoon following reports from a passing vessel that a yacht was motoring at speed 5 miles offshore with no crew on board
Page Content: Initially Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched to assist an 11m yacht which had suffered engine failure whilst rounding Beachy Head on passage to Sovereign Harbour. When on scene a lifeboat crewman was transferred to the casualty vessel to secure a towline, the vessel was then taken under tow back to harbour.

During the passage back to the marina, another call was received by Dover Coastguard from a passing sail training yacht that they had seen a 10m yacht motoring at speed with wind and tide apparently with no crew on board five miles offshore. Fearing a man overboard (MOB) situation, Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat was also launched and set out for the last known position as given by the sail training yacht. The ALB passed the tow of the stricken yacht to a harbour workboat and returned to sea to search for the suspected MOB yacht.  Sea conditions made progress slow and uncomfortable for the volunteer ILB crew and the ALB was first at the reported position where they were able to overhaul the yacht and make contact. They found two persons on board, both below deck and the vessel on auto helm with no lookout. They were given safety advice and reminded that a fundamental requirement of sailing in crowded waters is the need to maintain a good watch at all times. Both lifeboats then returned to station.

Sep 10
Byline: Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was in action late last night after a replica pilot cutter experienced difficulties making headway due to light winds and becoming low on fuel.
Page Content: The 74 foot long, 42 ton replica Bristol Channel pilot cutter with five people on board was outward bound from London when they reported their dilemma to coastguards at Dover. They were in the Queens Channel around six miles north of Margate and unable to make sufficient progress while in the busy shipping channel due to light winds.

Margate’s all-weather lifeboat Leonard Kent was tasked to assist the vessel at around 11.30pm and soon arrived on scene. After assessing the situation it was decided the best form of assistance would be to tow the vessel to Ramsgate harbour.

A tow line was connected and steady progress made. After a passage of around four hours the vessel was safely secured alongside at Ramsgate harbour where they were met by local coastguard officers. The lifeboat returned to Margate and was back ready for service at 5.10am (10 September).


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

Sep 10
Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is expressing its thanks and pride to a host of dedicated runners who completed the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday to raise vital funds for the charity.
Page Content: For some it was the chance to beat that elusive personal best while for others it was the opportunity to do something monumental in memory of a heroic rescue. For a few it was the first step towards an even larger fundraising challenge.

One of the RNLI’s 247 runners, Jack Lowe, an exceptional RNLI fundraiser and professional photographer who lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne completed the race in 2 hours 20 minutes and 26 seconds. Of the three Great North Runs that Jack's completed, he found this the most challenging.

‘I found the combination of sunshine and heat a huge challenge in the first 10km. At the halfway point my mind was telling me to give up. The thought of all the love and support I received helped me finish. After raising all that money, I just knew I had to keep my end of the bargain.

‘So, even though my run was really tough, in a strange way I feel the most proud of my run this year, simply for completing it!’

Having so far raised an amazing £1,132 of sponsorship of this year’s run, Jack follows in the fundraising footsteps of his actor grandfather Arthur Lowe, famously known as Captain Mainwaring in the TV series Dad’s Army, also a firm supporter of the RNLI.
 
The 2014 Great North Run also marks the beginning of another large and rather unusual fundraising challenge for Jack. This autumn Jack will embark on a huge challenge to photograph each of the 235 RNLI lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland using an ancient Victorian process to make unique photographs on glass.
 
‘My intention is to create a show whereby each glass plate is hung geographically in order around a huge room. As the audience stands in the middle of the venue and looks around, the sensation of seeing the entire coastline of the UK and Ireland captured on glass will be extraordinary.’
 
The RNLI is set to receive a contribution from the plate photographs and image prints. For more information visit Lifeboatstationproject.com or follow @ProjectLifeboat on Twitter and fb.com/LifeboatStationProject on Facebook.

Those inspired to take part in next year’s Bupa Great North Run to help the charity that saves 23 people per day can sign up for a place on RNLI.org.uk/greatnorthrun from November.






Sep 9
Byline: An Essex based sports fisherman has visited Margate’s RNLI lifeboat station to thank the volunteer crew, part of a multi-agency operation that air-lifted him from his charter angling boat after he was taken ill.
Page Content: Jim Jones from Chelmsford does not remember anything about the rescue operation, one moment he was enjoying a day’s fishing in the Thames estuary (20 August), the next he woke up in hospital in Ashford. When Jim was taken ill, Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat along with an RAF Sea King helicopter from Wattisham airfield were called in to assist. After two first aid trained lifeboat crewmembers (one also a local paramedic) along with the helicopter winchman assessed his condition, it was decided to evacuate him by helicopter to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. He was later released and has made a full recovery.

Recently Jim, along with his wife and daughter visited the lifeboat station to meet the crew and thank them for their part in the rescue. He also donated the fee for the trip which the boat owner waived, to the RNLI. He and his family were shown over the lifeboat and met the crew, including some who were called out that day. Jim’s daughter Melanie is also now raising funds for the RNLI, taking part in a run around Loch Ness.

Nick Smith, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: “We usually lose touch with people who we are able to assist so it was particularly nice to meet Mr Jones in more amiable circumstances and we are pleased he has made a full recovery. It is rewarding for the volunteer crew to be appreciated for the work they do”


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

Sep 9
Byline: Cash and gifts given to crew representatives on the week of the Rhyl Air Show on 30-31 August 2014; and the following week.
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Rhyl RNLI volunteers were on station both days of the Rhyl Air Show, where it is estimated over 120000 attended the area to see the event. During the two days, the station raised over £3500 towards RNLI funds. During that week the station was visited by three separate groups or individuals to donate to help the station.

The first donation was from representatives of the 88th Manchester scout group. They had been given a tour of the station previously by Derek Denton, the station's tractor driver and Lifeboat Education and Visits officer. Following the tour, the group had a sandcastle competition on the beach, and all funds raised were presented in a cheque to Derek. The photo shows Derek (left) with  the scouts' leaders, and Coxswain Martin Jones receiving the cheque.

The second visit was on the second day of the Rhyl Air show, when 2 leaders of the Stafford and Hednesford Air Cadets Girls Venture Corps presented Derek with some lifeboat dolls which the group had knitted. This was the second year that dolls had been donated to the station, and they will be used to raise funds for the station running costs. The photo shows Derek Denton with 2 of the group.

The third visit was from five year-old Dion Bowen of Southsea Wrexham. He had sold loom band bracelets at £1 each to family, friends and relatives, and presented Derek with £40 towards Rhyl station running costs. Dion was given a personal tour of the boat by Derek. The Photo shows Derek Denton and Dion Bowen on board Rhyl's All-weather lifeboat "Lil Cunningham".

Derek, the station's tour guide and Visits officer, says " The volunteer crew at Rhyl RNLI station are extremely grateful to these people who make great efforts to support the RNLI, particularly Rhyl". Derek can be contacted via the station email rhyl@rnli.org.uk to arrange a visit.