The Tyne Class lifeboat has been stationed at the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station for over twenty five years.
In her time saving lives from the dangerous seas off the Anglesey coast she has launched 394 times on rescue missions, saved 92 lives and rescued 419 people. She is now officially the oldest operational RNLI lifeboat of any class in the entire UK and Ireland RNLI lifeboat fleet.
The ‘Robert & Violet’ arrived at Moelfre in January 1988 and was equipped with all the modern state of the art equipment. The cost of the 47foot lifeboat was £532,057 and this was provided as a generous gift from an anonymous donor.
The first Rescue mission carried out by the ‘Robert & Violet’ was on 14 April 1988. The lifeboat launched at 7.25pm to the aid of the 76ft youth training ketch ‘Greater Manchester Challenge’ with17 crew on board. The vessel had sustained engine failure 19 miles off Amlwch, and the lifeboat crew towed the vessel to Carmel head where the tow was taken over by the Holyhead lifeboat. They arrived back at the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station at 01.30am.
For her last voyage she had two retired crewmembers on board her. Ex- Coxswain Tony Dennis and ex- assistant Mechanic John Payne. Both Tony and John were part of the passage crew who brought her up from Poole a quarter of a century earlier on her first journey as the Moelfre lifeboat and it was only fitting that they should take her on her last journey away from Moelfre.
The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew have now completed their training on the new £2.7 million Tamar class lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ which arrived at the station on 4th March. Whilst this intense training has taken place the ‘Robert & Violet’ has continued to maintain cover.
Moelfre RNLI lifeboat Operations Manager Rod Pace said:
‘The ‘Robert & Violet’ has been an outstanding lifeboat and served the RNLI at Moelfre well. I have served as a volunteer crew member and Second Coxswain on board her and have nothing but praise for the way she has always performed in all weather conditions. It was sad to see her leave Moelfre, where she has served for over a quarter of a century. However we must look towards the future and our new Tamar class Lifeboat will improve the lifesaving capabilities of the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station with her advanced technology and improved speed. It was lovely to see the retired crewmembers on board her and it was a very emotional experience for all of us who have known her for such a long time. We wish her and her new volunteer crew all the very best’.
The ‘Robert & Violet’ will now become the Lough Swilly Lifeboat and continue saving lives from the sea off the Irish coast.
Notes to editors
• Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1830. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.moelfrernli.com
• Attached is an image of the Moelfre RNLI volunteer crew before the last launch of the ‘Robert & Violet’
• Attached is an image of the last launch of the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat “Robert & Violet”.
• This year’s Moelfre Lifeboat day will be held on Saturday August 10th 2013
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coast. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
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