May 29

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Byline: On Sunday May 29th, 2016 volunteer crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were tasked to attend two incidents in one day.
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The day’s first call occurred at 3.15pm when the crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to launch their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, following reports of a child being swept offshore in an inflatable dinghy off Harlech beach.  Prior to the lifeboat’s arrival, a nearby speedboat had spotted the youngster and had taken him on-board and back to the safety of the beach.  The lifeboat stood-by to ensure all was well before returning to Criccieth.

The lifeboat’s second launch was at 6.20pm.  On this occasion it was to a broken-down speedboat and jet-ski near Mochras.  As the lifeboat launched, it became apparent that a third vessel, another jet-ski, was attempting to tow both vessels back toward Black Rock Sands.  On-scene the crew decided that the lifeboat was to tow both vessels ashore, whilst escorting the third vessel.  Six occupants were bought aboard the lifeboat – including two teenage children.  Although unhurt, they we’re feeling the effects of cold out at sea.

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For further information, please call Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316

         


May 29

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Byline: The crew was paged at 5.25pm on Saturday 28 May to assist Rhyl coastguards trying to refloat an 18-foot speedboat which had gone aground at Talacre, about five miles east of the boathouse. There were two adults, one child and a dog on board.
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The inshore lifeboat arrived first to assist local Rhyl coastguards already on site. The All-weather lifeboat was also launched, should a stronger pull be required to get the boat back in to deeper water. Two long lines were tied together to get a long tow from the casualty to the inshore boat, so there was sufficient water under the lifeboat to start the pull.
With the coastguard volunteers pushing, and the inshore boat pulling, the vessel was successfully returned to deeper water, where the All-weather lifeboat took over the tow back to Rhyl, from where the vessel had been launched. The occupants of the craft were returned by road to Rhyl in the coastguard vehicle, and the casualty vessel was returned to it's launching trailer on the beach at the lifeboat station. Had the vessel not been refloated, it could have drifted into the busy Mostyn channel and been a hazard to shipping, and would have meant the lifeboat re-launching at 3 am the next morning. The lifeboats were back at station at 8.25pm.

Coxswain Martin Jones says " This was a great effort between the local coastguards and my volunteer crew to bring about a successful re-floating and recovery of the casualty"

Pictures taken by Paul Frost MBE. Copyright RNLI.
 


May 29

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Byline: It was the birthday present of a lifetime for Eden Russell when she won the competition.
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Eden Russell was eight on Thursday and then two days later actress Katrina Bryan picked Eden’s entry to name a new boat at Anstruther.

Eden, a primary three pupil at Kirkton of Largo Primary School, chose the name Akira for Anstruther’s new D class lifeboat which arrives later this year.

The delighted girl said, ‘We went on holiday to the Isle of Skye and I was asking my parents what the Gaelic names meant. I asked about Akira and was told it meant anchor.’

Eden and her proud parents Grant and Angela were at a prize giving ceremony at Anstruther on Saturday in front of more than 100 people.

Katrina, who has starred in Taggart and Nina and the Neurons, told the crowd, ‘It was really hard to choose a winning name from so many great entries. Eden’s name of Akira was a winner because it had a lovely sound and a nautical meaning.’

Each class at the nine primary schools and one secondary school in the Anstruther area were tasked to come up with the best three suggestions of what to name the new boat. Guidelines for the competition included not to make reference to other boats and to avoid some of the superstitions that surround sea fairing communities.

After each class had selected the best contenders for the competition, a shortlist was then submitted to Katrina to choose the winning name and announce on the day.

Station coxswain Michael Bruce added, ‘The competition has helped our volunteer crews engage with children from the schools. We were absolutely delighted that Katrina not only attended the ceremony but took a great interest in our charity.’

Eden will be invited next year for the official naming ceremony of the D class lifeboat Akira.

Photos: Eden Russell is pictured with actress Katrina Bryan. Credit: RNLI/Richard Smith.

RNLI media contacts: RNLI Anstruther volunteer lifeboat press officer, Martin Macnamara, on 07969 773075, martinmacnamara@btinternet.com

Or Richard Smith, RNLI 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.



May 28

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Byline: At 10.20am on Saturday the 28th of May, 2016 volunteer crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were requested to launch and assist a broken-down jet-ski.
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The crew launched their inshore rescue boat, Margret a Nantw, from the beach at Criccieth before bringing the stricken jet-ski and it’s riders ashore.  The jet-ski had broken down just offshore, near Criccieth Castle.  Both were from the Birmingham area.

Following the incident, Criccieth Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams stated ‘We expect the number of incidents involving jet-skis to increase over the summer, however I would like to remind the owners of such craft to ensure they are properly maintained and serviced – particularly if they have been stagnant over the winter months.  In addition, owners should ensure all riders have life-jackets and a means of communication should they require help’.    

 

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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316​


May 27

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Byline: A major rescue operation, involving five RNLI lifeboats, a police vessel and a Coastguard rescue helicopter, was launched on Thursday evening (May 26), after a crew member was reported missing from an Irish Sea ferry.
Page Content: Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 5pm to search for the crewman, who was last seen on board the Irish Ferries’ Rosslare-Pembroke Dock ship, two miles to the east of Grassholm Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast.

The area between Linney Head and Grassholm Island was searched extensively, assisted by St David’s RNLI’s Tamar and Tyne class all weather lifeboats, the Little and Broad Haven RNLI inshore lifeboat, Dyed-Powys Police vessel Mike 66 and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan.

Angle RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also launched, at 7.15pm, to assist and searched the Milford Haven Waterway.

The search was co-ordinated by Milford Haven Coastguard.

With no reported sightings, and with fading light, the search was called off shortly before 10pm.

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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

May 27

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Byline: A major rescue operation, involving five RNLI lifeboats, a police vessel and a Coastguard rescue helicopter, was launched on Thursday evening (May 26), after a crew member was reported missing from an Irish Sea ferry.
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Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 5pm to search for the crewman, who was last seen on board the Irish Ferries’ Rosslare-Pembroke Dock ship, two miles to the east of Grassholm Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast.
 
The area between Linney Head and Grassholm Island was searched extensively, assisted by St David’s RNLI’s Tamar and Tyne class all weather lifeboats, the Little and Broad Haven RNLI inshore lifeboat, Dyed-Powys Police vessel Mike 66 and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan.
 
Angle RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also launched, at 7.15pm, to assist and searched the Milford Haven Waterway.
 
The search was co-ordinated by Milford Haven Coastguard.
 
With no reported sightings, and with fading light, the search was called off shortly before 10pm.
 
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

May 26

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Byline: On the evening of Thursday, May 26th 2016 volunteer crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station received a cheque for £1,254.29 from the Criccieth Pony Show.
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The cheque was presented to the crew by Mr. John R. Owen, on behalf of the Pony Show and in memory of the late Tomos Llywelyn Pritchard.  The monies were presented as The Pony Show was disbanded following the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak.

On behalf of Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat, Peter Williams Criccieth’s Lifeboat Operations Manager commented ‘It is with great pleasure that I receive this cheque on behalf of the Station.  I’d like to thank John for the generous gift which will go towards the purchase of essential life saving equipment’.

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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316    


May 26

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Byline: Margate RNLI has received a donation from Cliftonville Primary School following a visit to the station by its pupils which is to be followed by a talk on sea safety from local RNLI lifeguards.
Page Content: The whole of year 1, ninety in total, were shown around the lifeboat station and allowed on board the all-weather lifeboat. The children had been learning about local heroes, and meeting people who work on the lifeboat was a way of making this topic real. The children were amazed at the weight of the clothing that lifeboat men and women have to wear, and through listening to Chris, the lifeboat mechanic, gained a real understanding of the excitement and dangers that crews experience.

 

Heather Weitzel assistant head teacher at Cliftonville Primary School said: “We are very grateful to Chris and the volunteers at the lifeboat station for allowing all our year 1 children to visit and for showing them the lifeboat and other rescue equipment. It has given our children a greater understanding of the dangers at sea, as well as the fun that can be enjoyed on the seashore.”

 

The RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign includes educating people of all ages of the dangers associated with enjoying the sea and shoreline and the local RNLI lifeguards are now also planning a visit to the school to tell them of their work and highlight the potential dangers.

 

Peter Barker, volunteer lifeboat press officer, Margate lifeboat station said: “We welcome visitors of all ages to the station and these occasions are particularly rewarding when we have the opportunity to educate young people on the potential dangers while enjoying the beauty of our sea and shoreline.”

 

Photo: Kaitlin Escudier and Jayden Escudier, on behalf of Cliftonville Primary School present a donation cheque to the lifeboat crew during one their training evenings. (RNLI Margate)

 

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RNLI media contacts

 

  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

07974 064304 peter_barker@rnli.org.uk

  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 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


May 23

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Byline: A man clinging for his life to a buoy for two hours in the dark in the Medway Estuary was rescued by a Good Samaritan and Sheerness RNLI lifeboat volunteers.
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The 64 year old man had transferred from his yacht moored in Halstow Creek to a dinghy which then capsized, leaving him in the perilously cold water alone at night.

 

Eventually the man’s cries for help where heard by someone in a nearby house sparking an emergency 999 call to the Coastguard and a late night launch of Sheerness RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Eleanor at 12.05am on Thursday 19 May.

 

Within less than half an hour of leaving their beds, the charity’s volunteer crew reached the area at 12.27pm and immediately launched two flares to illuminate the dark night and assist their search.

 

RNLI helmsman Mark Tucker said: ‘We spotted a man in a small rhib type boat next to a mooring buoy who we later learned had been alerted by a phone call saying that    cries for help could be heard in the creek.The chap got into his boat and eventually located the casualty in the water where he was clinging to the buoy.Having found the man in the water the Good Samaritan hadn’t been able to get him out and so hung onto him until we arrived on the scene.’

 

As the lifeboat neared the scene crew member Kris White jumped into the water to support the casualty before getting him aboard the lifeboat with the support of his fellow RNLI crew members.

 

Kris added: ‘It was a pitch black night and the water was extremely cold. The guy was in a bad way. He was so cold he looked blue. We think he had been in the water for two hours. He was lucky he’d been spotted and help came. I don’t know how much longer he could have held on if he’d been alone but the fact that he was wearing his lifejacket undoubtedly saved his life because apart from the extreme cold there was a very strong tide running which would have been impossible to swim against’

 

‘This incident goes to show how quickly and unexpectedly things can go wrong, even in a sheltered creek. We’d urge everyone to carry a waterproof means of communication, whether that’s a radio, a mobile phone in a protective pouch or even flares, so that if they find themselves in a similar situation they can call for help.’

 

The casualty was taken to a nearby slipway where he was handed over to a waiting South East Coast Ambulance Service crew. It is not thought the man’s condition was life threatening.

 

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Media contacts:

 

• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness)  07926904453 / 01795 880544   vic.booth111@btinternet.com / vic_booth@rnli.org.uk

• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 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


May 23

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Byline: Eastbourne RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked on Sunday afternoon (22 May) to recover an angling boat with four people on board which had suffered engine failure.
Page Content: The 23ft leisure angling boat was 8 miles southeast of Sovereign Harbour when the cooling system failed on their vessel causing the engine to dangerously overheat. The anglers contacted Dover Coastguard for help who in turn requested the assistance of Eastbourne RNLI. The all-weather lifeboat stationed at Sovereign Harbour launched and was on scene shortly after. A towline was attached, the stricken vessel was then returned to the marina from where it had departed earlier.