Nov 22
Byline: The High sheriff of Clwyd, Mr. John David Meredeith Jones LLB FRSA, recently paid a visit to Rhyl to meet the crew and to find out more about how a busy RNLI service works. The occasion was also marked by the scattering of a supporter's ashes at sea.
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Mr. Jones came to the station in the evening of 4 November, and was met by the Operations manager Darrel Crowther, and the Coxswain Martin Jones. He was given a tour of the station and told of the principles of how the charity's volunteers manage to keep the service going with over 100 call-outs a year. Already the station has had nearly 80 "shouts" to date, including 21 with the All-weather lifeboat. The Sheriff then saw the lifeboat launch on exercise and said "I didn't realise how much work was involved in launching and recovering the lifeboat, I am very impressed with the professionalism and dedication shown by the crew".

The opportunity was also taken to scatter the ashes at sea of a supporter of Rhyl Lifeboat. Arthur Thompson was in the navy for 9 years and served on both surface ships and submarines. He served as a Radio and Electrical Mechanic. He was proud of being a Submariner. The Thompson / Nightingale/Burgin Families have supported the Rhyl Lifeboat for over 15 years. Arthur's brother Derek presented the crew with a cheque for £2500, in addition to the £100 previously donated from a collection at Arthur's funeral.

The picture shows Derek Thompson presenting the cheque to Coxswain Martin Jones, with the crew and the High Sheriff Mr. Jones, second from right.


Nov 21
Byline: RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat was launched on Friday afternoon (21 November), after a report that a person was in the water off Hazelbeach in the Milford Haven Waterway.
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The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched shortly after 2pm. When she reached the scene, it was reported that the casualty had been assisted ashore by a member of the public.

The lifeboat’s Y Boat was deployed and her crew went ashore to assess whether any medical attention was needed. While carrying out the assessments, an ambulance arrived.

With the casualty being handed over to ambulance personnel, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused just after 3pm.

It was the third alert in two weeks for RNLI Angle.

On November 16, its all weather and inshore lifeboats were alerted after a report that a surfer was in difficulty off the beach at Freshwater West on the south Pembrokeshire coast.

As the lifeboat crews mustered at their station, they were put on standby following reports that the surfer was safely ashore.

Once the Coastguards were satisfied that the surfer was safe, and no other persons were involved, the two lifeboats were stood down.

On 7 November, the all weather lifeboat was alerted after a report of a sinking vessel near Black Tar, Llangwm, in the upper reaches of the Milford Haven Waterway. There was one person on board the casualty.

The lifeboat volunteers were paged at 8.38 am and were preparing to launch 10 minutes later, when it was reported that the casualty had been assisted ashore by another vessel.

Once satisfied that no assistance was required, the lifeboat was stood down at 8.55am.

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.


Nov 21
Byline: A mysterious 100-year-old bottle of brandy which was left in a Will to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and World Wildlife Fund UK (WWF UK) 34 years ago has sold for £520 at auction, with the proceeds to be split in half between the two charities.
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A generous bequest made by Mrs Mary Sennett who died in 1980, the historic bottle of F.Latour & Co Vieille Reserve Cognac arrived at RNLI headquarters in 1990 to be locked away in a sealed box for 24 years. The terms of the gift stipulated that in 2014, the bottle be sold at auction and the funds shared equally between the RNLI and the World Wildlife Fund UK.

After the sealed box was finally opened earlier this year, the brandy was finally sold today at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne, Dorset raising £520, or £260 for each charity respectively.

Richard Bromell, Director of Charterhouse Auctioneers said: ‘The bottle is in fantastic condition given its age, with an excellent level and perfect seal.
 
‘The bottle also comes shrouded in mystery. Very little is known about Mrs Sennett, and even less is known about the origin and history behind the bottle. It’s also a wonderful item of memorabilia from the Great War period.
 
‘I was expecting the bottle to reach at least £500 and I am really pleased that the result means a significant donation to the RNLI.
 
‘There was bidding in the room but the hammer fell down to a London buyer on the telephone. It is a great result for a great cause.’

The amount raised for the RNLI through the brandy bottle is enough to buy a thermal undersuit (£200), a pair of boots (£42) and gloves (£10) for a volunteer all-weather lifeboat crew member.

A befitting gift, brandy has a long history with the RNLI as it was the standard practice since the very early days of the service until the late 1980’s to issue lifeboats with spirits as an aid to help revive or sustain people. Coxswains were given strict instructions to ‘keep an eye’ on the issued bottle!

In the 1881 publication Treatment for Restoring the Apparently Drowned, the RNLI instructed:
‘On the restoration of life, a teaspoonful of warm water should be given; and then, if the power of swallowing be returned, small quantities of wine, warm brandy and water, or coffee should be administered.’ 

Guy Rose, Legacy Administration Manager at the RNLI says: ‘The funds from generous bequests such as these help the RNLI continue its lifesaving work.’

Six out of 10 lifeboat launches are only made possible through gifts in Wills. After taking care of loved ones, any gift left to the RNLI is vital to the future of the charity’s lifesaving service. Just £59 pays for a pair of waterproof binoculars to help volunteer crews identify casualties in rough seas, £85 pays for a wetsuit so that a lifeguard may reach a swimmer in trouble and £330 pays for a new lifejacket to keep an inshore lifeboat crew member safe at sea.


Notes to editors
Images are available to view and download from the RNLI News Centre via this link: 
http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/Mysterious-100-year-old-brandy-legacy-to-fetch-up-to-%C2%A31000-at-auction.aspx  


RNLI media contacts
Luke Blissett, PR Officer (Campaigns) on luke_blissett@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336064. Or contact pressoffice@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336789.


Nov 17
Byline: The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) is shocking. The worldwide loss of 372,000 lives to drowning each year is both disturbing and unacceptable.
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) welcomes the report for putting the issue firmly on the global health agenda, and wholeheartedly supports its recommendations for improved data, national water safety strategies, tailored programmes and global partnerships.

The WHO estimates 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. That’s more than 1,000 people every day, or 40 every hour. More than 90% of these losses happen in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO estimates use the best data available but, with drowning deaths going unreported in many countries, the picture is incomplete, and the actual number of deaths is likely to be much higher. To understand the true scale of the issue, more information is needed and better recording of data is vital.

Despite its epidemic proportions, and even though it’s a major blocker to some countries reducing child mortality, drowning has never been a priority issue on the international agenda. The charity welcomes this important report from the WHO for bringing attention to this issue, which has gone largely unnoticed for so long, and for calling to action those who are in a position to do something about it.

The tragedy of the situation is that drowning is largely preventable and, what’s more, the solutions are relatively simple and inexpensive. We believe that, as a minimum standard, every nation (the UK and Ireland included) should have a national drowning prevention strategy, underpinned by a range of practical, effective programmes and interventions.

However, because of the scale of the problem, this isn’t something that we can do on our own and global partnerships need to be established to tackle it. Active discussions are already taking place between the RNLI and other organisations to consider forming a coalition, with members committed to making drowning prevention a global priority and creating a plan for concerted and united action. Organisations included in those discussions, and which are in support of the above statement, are:

• Plan UK
• The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)
• The International Life Saving Federation (ILS)
• Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Australia
• Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Commonwealth
• Safe Kids Worldwide
• Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB)
• Lifesaving Society Canada.


In the UK and Ireland, the RNLI is known for preventing drowning through maritime search and rescue and coastal safety education. Over the past few years, as the scale of the global drowning problem has become clearer, we have also begun international work; looking at how we can support communities and organisations overseas. Our aim is simply to help others to help themselves by giving them the skills and knowledge to deliver vital water safety messages in their communities or to set up and run their own lifesaving services.

James Vaughan, the RNLI’s International Director, says it’s time for change:

‘The WHO report signals it’s time for action – global drowning can no longer be ignored. The RNLI has been developing drowning prevention programmes overseas for the past few years. We want to continue and grow this work but, to make a serious difference to this epidemic problem, collaboration is absolutely vital.  It is our intention to fully support the formation of an international coalition – one which will spearhead the action, ensure better data is gathered, guide national water safety strategies, and help create and implement tailored programmes. Collectively, we can make an impact and save lives.’

For more information on the RNLI’s international development work see www.rnli.org/international.


Notes to Editors
• The WHO’s Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer and related materials can be found here: www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/global_report_drowning/en/. [Under password protection – contact WHO communications for access]. 
• RNLI spokespeople are available for interview or comment.
• Images from recent RNLI international development programmes are attached. Please credit RNLI.

RNLI media contacts
For more information, contact Laura Fennimore in RNLI Public Relations on 01202 663181 / Laura_Fennimore@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 / pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.


Nov 16
Byline: The volunteer crew were called out for the second time in a week, on Sunday 16 November at 12.30pm, to carry out a medical evacuation of a technician from one of the local windfarms, five miles off Rhyl.
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The technician had suffered a foot injury and needed to be taken to hospital to have treatment. One of the  windfarm support boats had managed to get the casualty off the wind turbine, and had set off towards Rhyl as the lifeboat was launching. The two vessels met up about three miles off Rhyl, and crew members from the lifeboat were transferred to the wind farm vessel to carry out an assessment and first aid on the technician. The casualty was treated and transferred to the lifeboat on a stretcher, and the lifeboat then returned to Rhyl, where an ambulance crew met them and the casualty was taken to hospital. The lifeboat returned to station at 2.20pm.

A video of this rescue will be released once it has been audited 


Nov 14
Byline: ‘The perfect gift for children this Christmas’, that’s how popular television presenter and actor Chris Jarvis has described the RNLI’s new heart-warming Christmas book.
Page Content: Kids’ TV favourite Chris visited the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station in London yesterday (Thursday 13 November) to do a special reading of the festive story on camera.

The film of Chris’ reading is due to be broadcast on the charity’s YouTube channel on Sunday 30 November as a special bedtime story. Like the RNLI on Facebook or follow @RNLI on Twitter for more details over the coming weeks.

The Big Christmas Rescue, which can be personalised to put young readers at the centre of a magical festive story, is now on sale – with all profits supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) lifesaving work.

Chris Jarvis 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.

‘It’s so reassuring to know that the RNLI’s lifeboat crews are ready to rescue anyone who gets into trouble at sea – you, me, Old Jack and even Santa Claus!’

Written by the RNLI’s Senior Editor Rory Stamp, and illustrated by award-winning Hannah Cumming, the buyer can select the name, gender and skin tone of the child at the heart of this festive story, making it a truly unique gift. So whether this book is being 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 heart of the story.

Chris continued: ‘It was an honour to visit the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station on the banks of the Thames in London. The lifeboat crews do an amazing job keeping people safe on the water in all weathers, all of the time.

‘I do hope you enjoy the video of this fabulous festive story as much as I enjoyed reading it.’

The Big Christmas Rescue is set on a wet and windy Christmas Eve night and 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.

This exciting, personalised tale of Christmas courage gives children a magical introduction to the work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifesavers, while raising vital funds for the charity. The story features Santa, Rudolph and an RNLI lifeboat crew.

Author Rory, 37, is editor of the charity’s Lifeboat magazine. 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 kids, introducing them to the RNLI as well as raising money to help keep volunteer lifeboat crews equipped, trained and safe,’ said Rory, who wrote much of the book in his spare time.

The Big Christmas Rescue is beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Hannah Cumming. The Bristol-based illustrator was shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award in 2012 for her book The Lost Stars and has also written and illustrated two other books – The Cloud and The Red Boat. She has illustrated for the NSPCC and CBeebies, and has painted a Gromit sculpture for the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed trail in Bristol.

Hannah, 31, said: 'It was such a pleasure illustrating this book, not least because it's the sort of lovely, heart-warming Christmas story I used to read every Christmas Eve as a child. But also because it was an opportunity to celebrate the vital work the brave RNLI volunteers carry out all year round.'

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, and Hannah Cumming, the book’s illustrator, may be 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.


Nov 13
Byline: The volunteer crew of Rhyl lifeboat launched the All-weather lifeboat "Lil Cunningham" on 13 November at 9.15am,to standby a windfarm accomodation vessel after a person on board became unwell.
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The Seaking helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey, was also tasked. Both rescue units arrived at the accomodation vessel at the same time. The lifeboat therefore stood off as the helicopter lowered the winchman on to the vessel's rear deck.

The unwell worker was assessed by an on-site emergency response team and the helicopter winchman, and it was agreed the person could be winched on to the helicopter and transferred to hospital at Bodelwyddan, near Rhyl.

The lifeboat crew again stood by as the winching was successfully completed, and were then released to return to station, returning at 11.30am.


Nov 13
Byline: Three RNLI lifeboats launched in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 13 November) to reports of a person falling overboard from a channel ferry.
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Dover and Dungeness all-weather lifeboats and  Walmer inshore lifeboat launched just before 2am  to help other emergency services and commercial boats search an area 6.5 miles off Dover.

A Dover Harbour tug, the Calais lifeboat and an RAF search and rescue helicopter also took part in the search.

Walmer Dungeness lifeboats have since been stood down.

 


Nov 11
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, is now on sale – with all profits supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) lifesaving work.
Page Content: The Big Christmas Rescue was written by Rory Stamp, 37, the RNLI’s Senior Editor based at the charity’s HQ in Poole, Dorset.

The book is set on a wet and windy Christmas Eve night and 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.

Rory, from the Parkstone area of Poole, is editor of the charity’s Lifeboat magazine. 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 kids, introducing them to the RNLI as well as raising money to help keep volunteer lifeboat crews equipped, trained and safe,’ said Rory, who wrote much of the book in his spare time.

The name, gender and skin tone of the child at the heart of this wonderful festive story can be selected when ordering the book, making it a truly unique gift. So whether this book is being 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.

This exciting, personalised tale of Christmas courage gives children a magical introduction to the work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifesavers, while raising lifesaving funds for the charity.

Chris Speers, volunteer crew member at Poole lifeboat station, said: ‘The Big Christmas Rescue can be personalised so that your little loved one is the star of the story. It is a lovely book and it will make an ideal gift for young children, with all profits helping the RNLI save lives at sea. This Christmas, volunteer lifeboat crew members across the UK and Ireland will be on call, ready to drop everything and save lives at sea when the pager goes off.’

The Big Christmas Rescue is beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Hannah Cumming. The Bristol illustrator was shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award in 2012 for her book The Lost Stars and has also written and illustrated two other books – The Cloud and The Red Boat. She has illustrated for the NSPCC and CBeebies, and has painted a Gromit sculpture for the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed trail in Bristol.

Hannah, 31 and from Bristol, said: 'It was such a pleasure illustrating this book, not least because it's the sort of lovely, heart-warming Christmas story I used to read every Christmas Eve as a child. But also because it was an opportunity to celebrate the vital work the brave RNLI volunteers carry out all year round.'

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 may be available for 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.

Nov 10
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, is now on sale – with all profits supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) lifesaving work.
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Written by the RNLI’s Senior Editor Rory Stamp, and illustrated by award-winning Hannah Cumming, the buyer can select the name, gender and skin tone of the child at the heart of this festive story, making it a truly unique gift. So whether this book is being 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 heart of the story.

Michael Nield, crew member at Tower lifeboat station in central London, said: ‘The Big Christmas Rescue can be personalised so that your little loved one is the star of the story. It is a lovely book and it will make an ideal gift for young children, with all profits helping the RNLI save lives at sea. This Christmas, volunteer lifeboat crew members across the UK and Ireland will be on call, ready to drop everything and save lives at sea when the pager goes off.’

The Big Christmas Rescue is set on a wet and windy Christmas Eve night and 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.

This exciting, personalised tale of Christmas courage gives children a magical introduction to the work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifesavers, while raising vital funds for the charity. The story, which features Santa, Rudolph and an RNLI lifeboat crew, was written by Rory Stamp.

Rory, 37, is editor of the charity’s Lifeboat magazine. 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 kids, introducing them to the RNLI as well as raising money to help keep volunteer lifeboat crews equipped, trained and safe,’ said Rory, who wrote much of the book in his spare time.

The Big Christmas Rescue is beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Hannah Cumming. The Bristol illustrator was shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award in 2012 for her book The Lost Stars and has also written and illustrated two other books – The Cloud and The Red Boat. She has illustrated for the NSPCC and CBeebies, and has painted a Gromit sculpture for the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed trail in Bristol.

Hannah, 31 and from Bristol, said: 'It was such a pleasure illustrating this book, not least because it's the sort of lovely, heart-warming Christmas story I used to read every Christmas Eve as a child. But also because it was an opportunity to celebrate the vital work the brave RNLI volunteers carry out all year round.'

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, and Hannah Cumming, the book’s illustrator, may be 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.