May 24

Moelfre-RNLI-volunteer-lifeboat-crew-bid-farewell-to-an-old-friend

Byline: Today was a historic day for the RNLI in Moelfre as the Tyne class lifeboat Robert & Violet launched down the slipway for the last time, to the applause of RNLI supporters who had gathered to bid her farewell.
Page Content: The Tyne Class lifeboat has been stationed at the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station for over twenty five years. Since 1909, lifeboats have launched down the slipway at Moelfre to saves lives at sea.  Now that Moelfre is home to the modern Tamar class lifeboat, a new boathouse will be built to accommodate the larger, faster and modern vessel.

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.


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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



RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Dave Massey, Moelfre RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer on 07917 267213


RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press

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.

Elusen sydd wedi ei chofrestru yn Lloegr, yr Alban a Gweriniaeth Iwerddon

May 23

Moelfre-RNLI-lifeboat-‘Robert–Violet-welcomes-her-last-school-visitors

Byline: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Robert & Violet’ had her last ever visit from a local primary school today (23rd) before she leaves the Anglesey village for Lough Swilly in Northern Ireland tomorrow after over twenty five years service.
Page Content: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station has been welcoming thousands of visitors every year, last year alone saw 72,000 people visit the station and the main attraction has always been the 47 foot RNLI lifeboat ‘Robert & Violet’.

Another popular group of visitors are school group visits who have been coming to the station for several years. The RNLI lifeboats visitor officer and volunteer lifeboat crews show the children around the station and educate them on the vital lifesaving work the charity carries out.

Ysgol Gymuned Pentraeth teacher Mrs Williams said;

‘Being a local primary school we are all aware of the important lifesaving work the RNLI crews at Moelfre do every year. We all really enjoyed the talk given by Moelfre lifeboat station volunteer crewmember Gareth Owen. His experience and knowledge really captured the children’s imagination and highlighted to us the fact that this marvellous organisation is a registered charity that really does rely on every single penny donated to save lives at sea. We are also very honoured that we are the last ever school to visit the ‘Robert & Violet’ whilst she still is the Moelfre lifeboat, I have to say she does not look over twenty five years old!’ 

   
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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 lifeboat ‘Robert & Violet’ along with the last ever group of school children to visit her along with volunteer crewmember Gareth Owen.
• This year’s Moelfre Lifeboat day will be held on Saturday August 10th 2013




RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Dave Massey, Moelfre RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer on 07917 267213


RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press

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.

Elusen sydd wedi ei chofrestru yn Lloegr, yr Alban a Gweriniaeth Iwerddon


May 23

Bronze-medal-for-Anstruther-helms-life-saving-night-time-rescue

Byline: Barry Gourlay has today (23 May) received a Bronze Medal for gallantry from the RNLI for the pivotal role he played during a rescue in challenging conditions last year.
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Barry has been recognised by the charity that saves lives at sea for his courage and boat handling skills during a rescue at night where two men’s lives were saved.

Barry’s award was presented during the RNLI’s annual award ceremony, held at The Barbican in London.

His fellow crew members from Anstruther, on the Fife coast, Euan Hoggan and Rebecca Jewell also attended the ceremony. They will be presented with Thanks from the Institution Inscribed on Vellum at a ceremony in Scotland in recognition of their skill and bravery that night.

This is the 83rd Bronze Medal awarded to a Scottish lifeboat station by the RNLI since the award was introduced in 1917. It is also the first gallantry award presented to a member of crew from Anstruther lifeboat station since the station was established in 1865, over 140 years ago.

Paul Jennings, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager said, ‘Barry deserves to be awarded for his actions on that night. He demonstrated fine boat handling skills and precise judgement, operating at the very limit of what was possible in the conditions.’

Barry said: ‘It is a great honour to receive this award, we are fortunate to receive such a high level of training from the RNLI which gave us the skills to carry out this rescue. I was able to act decisively on the night because I had such confidence in the ability of my crew mates, Becci and Euan. It was very much a team effort, recognition must also go to the shore crew and the crew aboard the all-weather lifeboat.’

Barry works at Rosyth Dockyard and he thanked his employers, Babcock, for their commitment to the RNLI by allowing him time off work to be on the lifeboat.

The D class inshore lifeboat Norma and Bill Burleigh was launched at 1am on 1 August 2012 with volunteer crew members Barry Gourlay, 30, Rebecca Jewell, 30, and Euan Hoggan, 22. The lifeboat was launched to assist two men aboard a vessel which had run aground in poor conditions.

The two casualties, Paul Harrison and his son Sean Harrison had set off from North Shields having planned a passage to the Isle of Man via Peterhead aboard their motorboat Princess a day earlier. They got into difficulty when they encountered a problem with their hydraulic steering and the worsening conditions forced their vessel aground.

The vessel had run aground at Crail, 10 miles south east of St Andrews, the strong winds and swell had driven Princess onto the rocks.

With Senior Helm, Barry, in control, the Anstruther inshore lifeboat (ILB) picked her way through the three metre high breaking waves, shallow water and debris in complete darkness to get to Sean and Paul aboard Princess.

Once the lifeboat crew had Sean and Paul safely aboard the ILB, they made their way out to deeper water and met with Anstruther’s larger all-weather lifeboat (ALB) Kingdom of Fife. Both casualties were transferred to the ALB and brought ashore in Anstruther.

Speaking of Barry and the rest of the crew, Paul Harrison said, ‘To do what he did with that boat in those conditions - that takes something.

‘They were just fantastic, there wasn’t anything that they didn’t do for us, a lot of people don’t realise that they’re not paid for it, they have jobs as well and they’re putting their lives in jeopardy to save other people.’

Michael Vlasto, RNLI Operations Director, said: ‘Helmsman Gourlay’s command decisions and decisive actions underpinned by exceptional boat-handling, and expert seamanship undoubtedly saved the lives of these two men – they would not have made it to shore alive if they had attempted to swim and, not long after the rescue, the Princess was driven further onto the rocks. Crew members Jewell and Hoggan also demonstrated tremendous bravery in supporting Helmsman Gourlay in what were extremely difficult conditions.’

Video:

A reconstruction of the rescue is available at this link: http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=nVRLO7nR

Pictures (credit: RNLI):

Anstruther1: Left to right, Rebecca, Barry and Euan
Anstruther2: Left Paul Harrison and his son Sean.
Anstruther3: The damaged motorboat Princess.

RNLI media contacts:

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789


May 22

Young-Gull-save-by-Ramsgate-RNLI-crew

Byline: Late on Monday (20th. May) afternoon, as Ramsgate RNLI's volunteer crew members were arriving at the boathouse for a training exercise, the cox'n received a phone call from Port Control about a young seagull tangled up in fishing line and unable to fly.
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The seagull was on the beach built up on the outer side of the harbour wall where it was not possible to get to without a boat and the fishing weights attached to the line were holding in the sand. After making a phone call to the Duty Launching Authority, the Cox'n Ian Cannon along with 2 other crew members launched the inshore lifeboat, the Atlantic 75 class Bob Turnbull, to assist.

On arrival, the cox'n got as close as possible to the beach where 2 of the crew waded ashore and made their way to the seagull. One crew member, with gloves, carefully held the young seagull , whilst the other crew member cut the fishing line away. Once the fishing line was cut free from the bird, it was inspected to check for any obvious injuries and then released, whereby it promptly flew away and rested on the breakwater, watching its rescuers.

The 2 crew members ashore then gathered up the considerable amount of fishing line and tackle and made their way back to the awaiting inshore lifeboat to return to the boathouse and begin the the training exercise.

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


May 22

Praise-for-Babcock-as-final-RNLI-Tamar-class-lifeboat-is-completed

Byline: The final RNLI Tamar class all-weather lifeboat to be fitted out by Babcock in Plymouth has been formally accepted by the charity.
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It marks the end of a contract which has seen the company fit out all 27 Tamar’s produced for the RNLI fleet.  The last one, which was accepted by the RNLI yesterday (Tuesday 21 May) will be based in Wales.

Yesterday was a day for celebration and thanks as the team at Babcock handed over the 27th Tamar to the RNLI at their base in Plymouth. Roy Barker IV will be stationed at The Mumbles lifeboat station and was accepted in to the RNLI fleet by Michael Vlasto, Operations Director for the charity. Mr Vlasto has formally accepted every Tamar except one, since production of this class of all-weather lifeboats began.

At a formal presentation Babcock and the RNLI exchanged commemorative gifts and Michael Vlasto spoke of the valuable commitment the company and its workforce had shown to the RNLI contract that saw Babcock staff put in 100,000 hours of work a year over the last decade;

‘The quality of lifeboats produced at Babcock has been consistently fantastic. Many of the staff here report that this has been the best project they’ve ever worked on and that proves that the enthusiasm we have within the RNLI has got under their skin too.  The lifeboats produced in Plymouth, and that includes 27 Tamar class all-weather lifeboats and six Severn class all-weather lifeboats, have to date launched 2,224 times, rescuing 3,023 people and saving 87 lives. I’m very grateful to everyone at Babcock and thank them for providing the RNLI with quality lifeboats that continue to save lives at sea.’

Chris Tomkins, Director and General Manager of Devonport says;

‘This has been a prestigious contract and it has been a pleasure and an honour to work for the RNLI.  There has been a great deal of job satisfaction for the staff who have been involved and I’m delighted that we have produced such high class rescue vessels. I believe we have demonstrated that we can be trusted to deliver, which is our motto. I’d like to thank all at the Plymouth RNLI lifeboat station and Coxswain Dave Milford in particular, for their help with the sea trials and the Babcock team who have continued to maintain high standards right to the end of the contract.  I wish good luck to the RNLI for the future.’ 

Future all-weather lifeboats will be produced in-house by the RNLI at a purpose built facility that is to be constructed at the charity’s Poole HQ in Dorset. The All-weather Lifeboat Centre, to be built on land already owned by the charity, will save over £3M each year once up and running.  

RNLI notes to editors

• Please find attached the following pictures, all of which should be credited to RNLI/Nigel Millard (more pictures are available from the RNLI news centre):
*The first and last Tamar class all-weather lifeboats to be fitted out by Babcock for the RNLI, at sea off Plymouth.  The first Tamar is the Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson, which is a relief lifeboat providing cover when Tamar’s go away for refits.  The newest Tamar is the Roy Barker IV that will be stationed at The Mumbles in Wales.  
*Chris Tomkins, Director and General Manager of Devonport, presenting a commemorative plaque to David Brookes, RNLI Engineering and Supply Director
*The last Tamar class all-weather lifeboat to be fitted out at Babcock, Roy Barker IV that will be stationed at The Mumbles in Wales.

• Babcock has fitted out all 27 Tamar class all-weather lifeboats produced so far for the RNLI. They have also fitted out six Severn class all-weather lifeboats and carried out moderations and repairs to various other lifeboats in the RNLI fleet.  The workforce at its peak totalled 128 and most of the workers have now been phased out to other jobs within the company. 
 
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager for the south west, on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk

 


May 21

Safety-first-for-Tobermory-RNLI

Byline: With the summer boating season underway, Tobermory RNLI's new Sea Safety Officer will be offering free advice to leisure boat owners on how to stay safe at sea.
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Tobermory's Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer, David Crane will be offering advice to local and visiting pleasure craft owners this summer on a range of safety issues from lifejackets and other safety equipment through to how to prepare their boats for safe and enjoyable use. This service is free of charge to individuals and clubs alike and David can provide advice to users of all types of craft from kayaks and small motor boats through to ocean going yachts and motor cruisers. David is also available to carry out lifejacket inspections as well as conduct sea safety checks of individual craft.

David said: 'As well as saving lives at sea, the RNLI performs a vital service in trying to prevent problems arising in the first place by offering free sea safety advice. We want people to enjoy being on the water whilst staying safe. If you want to talk about any aspect of sea safety or wish to arrange a sea safety check, please get in touch. With the boating season getting under way, this is a great opportunity to get some free sea safety advice to help you stay safe at sea.'

David can be contacted via Tobermory Lifeboat Station on 01688 302143 or 07736889075 or you can email him at tobermorylsso@btinternet.com. You can also read the RNLI's top safety tips by logging on to www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety.

 

Notes for editors

  • This free service is available to leisure craft users. Commercial operators should consult the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

 

RNLI media contacts


For more information please contact Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747 601900 or sam.j.jones@btinternet.com or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, 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 21

Eastbourne-lifeboat-recovers-lost-dog

Byline: Eastbourne inshore lifeboat was dispatched on a mercy mission this afternoon to recover a dog which had fallen off the cliffs at Beachy Head
Page Content: The young Whippet Nitty on holiday with its owner from Kings Lynn was seen to be chasing something and failed to notice the cliff edge. Unfortunately it did not survive the fall and was recovered by the volunteer lifeboat crew and taken back to the ILB station. The distraught owner was comforted by the crew whilst Nitty was taken away by a local veterinary practice.

May 21

Senegalese-lifesaver-joins-RNLI-lifeguards-patrolling-in-Dorset

Byline: Senegalese Idrissa (Idi) Ndiaye has started patrolling with RNLI lifeguards in Dorset for the summer season.
Page Content: As part of the charity’s international development programme, Idi has undergone rigorous training with the RNLI over the past year – both in the UK and in his home country of Senegal. Idi will return to Senegal in October to pass on his latest learning to other lifeguards back home.

In West Africa, Idi is a volunteer lifeguard and a former army rescue diver. Identified by the charity for his leadership potential, Idi was one of 14 international candidates to attend the bespoke ‘Future Leaders in Lifesaving’ course, which the RNLI ran for the first time last August at its headquarters in Poole. The course saw a group of representatives (including Idi and his colleague Moustapha) from lifesaving organisations around the world convene in the UK to learn from the RNLI how to manage and sustain their own organisations. During the course, Idi learnt about causes of drowning, the role of a lifeguard and equipment needed, how to write training programmes, and how to manage beach incidents and emergencies.

Idi and his fellow volunteer lifeguards received further training from the RNLI in December last year when two RNLI lifeguard trainers travelled to Idi’s home town of Dakar in Senegal to provide two weeks of rigorous lifesaving training, resulting in Dakar’s first dedicated lifeguarding service being established.

This summer, Idi will be patrolling Dorset beaches and delivering safety education programmes, working alongside the RNLI’s own lifeguards to help keep beach-goers safe. This will give him a vital insight into the daily running of a busy lifeguard service – from daily set-up and checks, to patrolling, offering advice to the public and carrying out and managing rescues.

Steve Wills, RNLI International Development Manager, says:

‘The RNLI’s international development programme aims to save some of the 1.2M lives lost to drowning around the world each year. By delivering training to people like Idi, we’re aiming to give others the vital skills they need to be able to set up and sustain their own lifesaving services.

‘Idi is a highly-motivated and professional lifesaver. It is less than a year since we first met him but, in that time, he has been through extensive RNLI training, both in the UK and in Senegal. He has already learnt a lot and, by patrolling with RNLI lifeguards this summer season, he will gain even more experience, which he can then share with his fellow lifeguards when he returns to Senegal. I have no doubt he will be a great asset to the RNLI this summer!’

Idi will return to Senegal at the end of the summer season and will pass on his most recently-acquired knowledge to his fellow lifeguards in Dakar, which the RNLI trained last December.  Idi will also help coordinate the next phase of the RNLI's Senegal programme, which is planned for December.

This film, which features Idi, shows the lifesaving training the RNLI delivered in Senegal last December.

Notes to Editors
• Two photos are attached: One of Idi (left) and a fellow Senegalese lifeguard, and another of a group of lifeguards being trained by the RNLI in Senegal. Please credit RNLI/Mike Lavis.
• The RNLI’s international development work is self-funding. The work is funded primarily through overseas sales of consultancy, equipment and training to countries that require those services; and external / government funding where available. In time, the RNLI will begin to fundraise for specific international projects.
• RNLI spokespeople are available for interview. Please contact RNLI Public Relations on the number below.

RNLI media contacts
For more information, contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663181 or Laura_Fennimore@rnli.org.uk.

May 21

Seven-RNLI-Gallantry-Medals-awarded-to-lifesavers

Byline: The courage of seven RNLI volunteers will be recognised at a ceremony in London today (Thursday 23 May).
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Crew members from Port Isaac and Anstruther lifeboat stations and members of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team will be awarded Medals for Gallantry – the RNLI’s highest accolades.

Launching their inshore lifeboat into extremely challenging conditions, three Port Isaac lifeboat crew members faced rough and dangerous seas as they tried to rescue two people swept into the sea from the cliffs off the North Cornwall coast in April 2012. Helmsman Damien Bolton, 32, will be given a Silver Medal for Gallantry and crew members Nicola-Jane Bradbury, 40, and Matthew Main, 30, will each be given Bronze Medals for Gallantry for their part in the rescue. They managed to pull one of the men to safety. The other was recovered to the lifeboat, but, tragically, did not survive.

The RNLI’s flood rescue team negotiated fast moving flood waters, debris and darkness to rescue a woman who had been swept from her car near Umberleigh, Devon on 23 December 2012. Vanessa Glover was found clinging to a tree surrounded by flood waters and three members of the RNLI boat team that reached her will be recognised for their part in the rescue. Boat Team Leader Paul Eastment, 46, Helmsman Chris Missen, 26, and Crew Member Martin Blaker-Rowe, 34, will be awarded Bronze Medals for Gallantry. It is the first time that RNLI volunteers have been awarded medals for a flood rescue.

Anstruther inshore lifeboat Helmsman Barry Gourlay, 31, is to be awarded the RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry for his part in the rescue of two people from a motor vessel that had been driven onto rocks amidst breaking waves and in total darkness 10 miles south east of St Andrews, Fife on 1 August 2012. Despite the challenging conditions, Helmsman Gourlay and his two lifeboat crew members managed to pluck the two-man crew from their stricken vessel minutes before it was washed further onto the shore and out of reach of the lifeboat.

Michael Vlasto, RNLI Operations Director, said: ‘All these rescues took place in extremely challenging conditions, and are a testament to the courage, commitment and skill of our volunteer crew and flood rescue team members.’

Michael Vlasto is also being awarded an Honorary RNLI Silver Medal for his service to the RNLI ahead of his retirement from the charity in July. In his 40 years at the RNLI – the last 16 as Operations Director – Michael has seen the charity grow from a lifeboat organisation to one which now includes lifeguards, hovercraft pilots and flood rescue teams, as well as preventative and education work.

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Notes to Editors

• The medals will be awarded at a ceremony at the Barbican, London, on Thursday 23 May. The ceremony will be filmed and a copy will be available from 5pm (please contact the RNLI press office on 01202 336789 for a copy).

• Summary of Gallantry Awards:

o RNLI Silver Medal for Gallantry – Senior Helmsman Damien Bolton, Port Isaac lifeboat station

o RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry – Crew Member Nicola-Jane Bradbury, Port Isaac lifeboat station

o RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry – Crew Member Matthew Main, Port Isaac lifeboat station

o RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry – Boat Team Leader Paul Eastment, Porthcawl lifeboat station volunteer and RNLI staff Divisional Assessor/Trainer.

o RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry – Helmsman Chris Missen, Porthcawl lifeboat station volunteer.

o RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry – Crew Member Martin Blaker-Rowe, Poole-based RNLI Trainer

o RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry – Helmsman Barry Gourlay, Anstruther lifeboat station

• For more information on each rescue, please follow the links below:

o Bravery of Port Isaac lifeboat crew recognised with RNLI award: press release

o First RNLI Gallantry awards to be awarded to Flood Rescue Team: press release – video of rescue available

o Daring rescue by Anstruther lifeboat crew celebrated with RNLI award: press release

• Films about each rescue, including interviews with the crew involved and those rescued, are available for download from 2.30pm on Thursday 23 May at the below links. These are free to use, please just credit the RNLI.

o Port Isaac lifeboat crew rescue anglers from rough waters: http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=jRlwmW6O

o RNLI Flood Rescue Team rescue woman from fast-flowing waters: http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=a53ZxZOB

o Anstruther lifeboat crew rescue two from motor vessel on rocks: http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=nVRLO7nR

Media contacts

For more information please contact Isla Reynolds, Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663127 or 07899 076224 or by email at isla_reynolds@rnli.org.uk. Or contact Lauren Hockey, Public Relations Officer on 01202 336194 or by email at lauren_hockey@rnli.org.uk


May 19

Tobermory-RNLI-has-new-Deputy-Second-Mechanic

Byline: Tobermory RNLI has a new Deputy Second Mechanic to help maintain its all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey.
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Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, who has been a volunteer crew member since 2010, has just been appointed to the position to support the full time Station Mechanic, ‘Jock’ Anderson and Second Mechanic, Creon Carmichael. As well as undertaking training ‘on the job’ at the station and on the lifeboat, Gunny has attended an engineering course at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset. He was then required to pass a rigorous assessment conducted by one of the RNLI’s Divisional Technical Managers. This consisted of an exercise at sea during which Gunny was required to respond to and fix a range of testing technical problems, including responding to a ‘fire’ in the engine room.

The role of the mechanic on an all-weather lifeboat is a crucial one both afloat and ashore. He or she is responsible for maintaining the lifeboat’s engines and all the machinery at an all-weather lifeboat station. At sea, the mechanic checks that the engines and other machinery are all working properly, as well as being part of the crew.

By day, Gunny (who is 41 and from Preston originally) works for Argyll and Bute Council. He has been the station’s Emergency Mechanic for the past year, providing cover for both Jock and Creon and he has performed this role on several ‘shouts’, most notably during the 11 hour rescue of a fishing boat off Coll in very rough seas in January this year.

Tobermory Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Stevens said: ‘The Mechanic performs a critical role on the lifeboat, not only ensuring that it is maintained to a high standard at all times but also responding to any technical problems which may arise during training or a shout. Gunny has received some world class training not only from the RNLI College but also from Jock who has many years’ experience working in this role on the lifeboat. Our three mechanics will continue to ensure that our £2 million lifeboat is always ready to respond to any emergency and to save lives at sea.’

Notes for editors

• The photographs show Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn in the engine room of Tobermory’s Severn Class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, as well as operating the radio in the Mechanic’s seat in the wheelhouse. Please credit RNLI/Sam Jones.


RNLI media contacts


For more information please contact Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747 601900 or sam.j.jones@btinternet.com or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,