Byline: Porthcawl, Port Talbot and Mumbles lifeboats involved in going to the aid of a 12metre yacht which had reported hitting a underwater obstacle and was taking on water.
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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat was tasked at 4-31pm on Friday 4th June together with Porthcawl lifeboat to assist a 12metre yacht which was taking on water between the Kenfig river and Morfa beach. The lifeboats were soon on scene and the Porthcawl lifeboat put their emergency pump onto the yacht to pump out the water, but it was not coping with the ingress of water. Rescue 169 helicopter from Chivenor had also been tasked to assist with their bigger pump.

 Due to the restrictions on size at the stern of the yacht, it was decided to lower the pump onto the Porthcawl boat. Crew members from the Port Talbot lifeboat went on board the Porthcawl boat and helped to put the larger pump onto the yacht. Due to the ingress of water, fumes were eminating from the yachts batteries at this time. The yacht had already turned around under its own power and was proceeding back to Swansea, escorted by both lifeboats.

 Due to the sea conditions and winds of force 5 to 6, the Mumbles ALB was tasked to attend and tow the vessel back to Swansea Marina. The Mumbles pump was also put aboard the yacht to help stem the water. Once a tow was established the, Porthcawl was stood down and the  Port Talbot lifeboat accompanied the ALB back to Swansea. On arrival the Mumbles ALB took the yacht into the marina where it was hoisted out of the water. The lifeboats were then stood down.




Byline: The Lt. Governor of the Isle of Man, His Excellency Adam Wood had a trip out to sea with Peel RNLI volunteer crew during an exercise on Friday evening.
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His Excellency joined the Peel crew for their normal exercise during which they  rescued one of the volunteer crew from the rocks near Glen Maye.

Shortly after the Governor had left the station and “Ruby Clery” was returned to the boathouse the crew were immediately called out again, this time to a real rescue. A 40 foot yacht the “Eravel 3″with a base in Brest , France had developed engine trouble whilst moored to a visitors buoy in Peel bay and was unable to escape a heavy swell and asked for assistance. The yacht with 4 people on board was quickly taken in tow and placed in safety at the breakwater.

The Governor is a great supporter of the lifeboat and has visited most of the Island stations during his service on the Island.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please Malcolm Kelly, RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer at Peel on 01624 842731 or 490251. Alternatively, please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager for the West on 01745 585162 or 07786 668829 or the RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789


Byline: Canon John Glover, Rhyl RNLI’s station chaplain, was treated on his last visit to the station
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John is retiring as Vicar of Rhyl, and also as the station chaplain after many years in the role. He was taken on exercise on the all-weather lifeboat “Lil Cunningham” to the North Hoyle wind farm. As part of the exercise, John (who is also the skipper of a canal narrowboat) took the helm of the lifeboat to expertly rescue a crew member as man overboard from the lifeboat.

On his return to the crew room, John was met by applause from family, friends, crew and civic dignitaries, who had assembled to wish John well in his retirement. Peter Robinson, who was Coxswain of the lifeboat for many years, said ” John will be a hard act to follow, especially for his unique style in saying ‘Grace’ before the annual crew dinners, and for his presence at social events”.

John was presented with a souvenir of his time with Rhyl RNLI by present Coxswain Martin Jones, and John’s wife was also presented with a floral memento.


Byline: A new, updated and interactive edition of the RNLI’s safety handbook Sea Safety: The Complete Guide is launched today (25 June 2013).
Page Content: The Complete Guide is the RNLI’s handbook of essential information for all those who go to sea. Its new, interactive format means that sea safety is available on mobiles, tablets and laptops and at the tip of boaters’ fingertips. The new interactive version of the guide now includes videos, quizzes and challenges.

Tony Wafer, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, said: ‘We recommend that all those who enjoy the water follow some simple guidelines: get some training, tell someone where you’re going, check the weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, check your safety equipment and carry spares, and carry a means of calling for help.

‘The Complete Guide gives more in-depth advice on how to follow these principles and stay safe on the water. It’ll cover everything from how to plan your time on the water, what safety equipment to take and how to use it, and what to do in an emergency.’

With over 8,000 RNLI lifeboat launches each year, and more than half of those to leisure craft, the charity is committed to helping people stay safe while they’re on the water so that they don’t become a rescue statistic.

Tony continued: ‘We want people to be able to enjoy their time on the water without a mishap ruining their day, so we’ve designed The Complete Guide as an easy-to-use resource that offers helpful safety advice and tips to sea-goers, whatever their activity.’

The new interactive Sea Safety: The Complete Guide will be available, free, at from 25 June.

Media contacts
For more information please contact Isla Reynolds, Newsdesk and PR Manager, on 01202 663127 or 07899 076224 or by email at Alternatively, please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.


Byline: New Zealand man Greg Murphy and his wife Anne have made an emotional journey to Arklow RNLI to visit the lifeboat station where, over a century before, lifeboat crew set out in heavy seas and torrential rain to save the life of Greg’s grandfather.
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In 1897 James Murphy was just a teenager when the schooner he was on ran ground and he was saved by Arklow RNLI lifeboat crew.

The details of the callout were recorded by the then Honorary Secretary of Arklow Lifeboat, Mr James Tyrell and paint an extraordinary picture of a dramatic callout which began at 9.45am on 28 March 1897. James Murphy was on the schooner Express with his father, uncle and two crew, en route to Wexford from Dublin, when in strong winds and driving rain the vessel grounded off Arklow.  The skipper was washed overboard and lost. The Arklow lifeboat, Frances and Charlotte, a pulling and sailing lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Richard Wadden, was launched and the lifeboat crew rowed through breaking seas to
reach the stricken vessel.

The account goes on to detail how on rounding the stern of the vessel the lifeboat itself was filled by “a fearful sea” but emptied seconds later.  The hull of the schooner was under water when the lifeboat neared her and four crewmembers, including young James, were clinging to the rigging.  In difficult conditions the lifeboat crew cast a line and secured it to the rigging with the plan to get the men to fasten themselves to the rope together and jump overboard.  However it is not known whether they did not hear or understand the instructions but they only tied James to the rope and lowered him into the water.  He was hauled toward the lifeboat but there was not enough slack to get him onboard and the lifeboat crew shouted to the men to let him go or he would drown.  They did so and the lifeboat crew recovered the boy onboard almost lifeless.

Tragically the stranded men had cast off the line and all contact with the wreck was severed.  Attempts were made to again throw a line to the men but it was without success.  Ultimately the mast went over into the sea, taking the men clinging to the rigging with it and they were lost.  The lifeboat crew tried to recover them but were unsuccessful. It was to be the last callout for Coxswain Wadden who retired a short time later. 

The boy who survived was Greg’s grandfather James and sometime later the family relocated to New Zealand.  However they never forgot the story of the schooner Express and the actions of the Arklow lifeboat crew.

On visiting the lifeboat station over a century later with his wife Anne and meeting with some of the present day crew Greg Murphy commented; “On behalf of myself and my very large family back in New Zealand I want to say thank you for what you do.  Without the bravery of the men of the Arklow lifeboat back in 1897 myself and my family simply would not exist.  Thank you all so very much.”


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Photo attached: RNLI/Arklow: Greg Murphy with Arklow RNLI lifeboat crew (l-r) Michael Fitzgerald, Liam O’Neill and Aidan Downey
Archive photo: RNLI: Arklow RNLI lifeboat station with self-righter lifeboat circa 1880

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Arklow RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Tel: 086 8260 439 Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 or contact RNLI Public Relations on 00 44 1 202 336789


Byline: At the age of 11, E class Olive Laura Deare will be the youngest lifeboat to move into the Chatham Historic Dockyard. She will join many of the RNLI’s older generation of lifeboat in the exhibition as well as a wider collection of boats and ships.
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The RNLI first introduced lifeboats on the Thames in 2002 after the investigation into the Marchoness disaster of 1989 identified that a rescue service on the river was needed. After that accident, in which a pleasure boat collided with a barge on the river leaving 51 people dead, the charity stepped in to provide its lifesaving experience and technology.

Four lifeboat stations were opened on the Thames on 20 January 2002 to provide lifeboat cover for the capital’s river; at Teddington, Chiswick, Tower and Gravesend.

Three of the lifeboat stations, Gravesend, Chiswick and Tower, were allocated the specially designed E class lifeboat. This class of lifeboat is the fastest lifeboat in the charity’s fleet with a top speed of up to 40 knots. It has been specially designed for use on the River Thames and uses water jets rather than conventional propellers, giving it excellent manoeuvrability in the rapidly moving river flow.

During her time at Gravesend, the Olive Laura Deare was launched 459 times and rescued 106 people, including saving 31 lives. A 78 year old man who had fallen overboard from a small boat at Thurrock was one of those saved by the lifeboat. The man was nearing the end of his ability to hold onto his boat and showing early signs of hypothermia. Showing the true capabilities of the lifeboat, the crew were there in six minutes and were able to get close enough to get alongside the casualty and get him into the lifeboat and safely to shore. The lifeboat then went back to recover the man’s boat.

Julie James, RNLI Heritage Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to have accepted E-002 Olive Laura Deare into the Historic Collections and to have recently placed her on display in the Lifeboat Gallery at Chatham. During her 10 years of operational service, E-002 launched 660 times, rescued 337 people and saved 43 lives. She is an exciting and unique addition to our lifeboat collection.’

The Olive Laura Deare and her successor Olive Laura Deare II were funded by a generous bequest from the late Mrs Olive Deare. She lived in Kent all her life and her grandparents had fishing boats that operated from Gravesend. Olive Laura Deare II is a B class Atlantic inshore lifeboat and replaced the E class at Gravesend in 2009. She suits the station’s needs as it is close to the coast as well as on the river.
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RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Kirsti Pawlowski, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 01202 663510 or Alternatively contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or


Byline: Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) diverted from crew training on Sunday morning to assist a 10 metre yacht which had suffered engine failure whilst approaching the entrance to Sovereign Harbour.
Page Content: Following several days of strong winds, the volunteer crews of Eastbourne lifeboats were keen to put to sea on Sunday morning to hone their rough weather skills. The inshore lifeboat had returned to its station at Fisherman’s Green and the all-weather lifeboat was refuelling at Sovereign Harbour when an emergency call was received from a yacht approaching Sovereign Harbour on passage from Brighton. The yacht, suffering from fuel starvation problems, was unable to safely negotiate the harbour entrance without engine power and called Dover Coastguard for assistance. HM Coastguard immediately requested the assistance of Eastbourne lifeboat. On scene within a few minutes the lifeboat took the yacht under tow and placed it in the safety of the harbour locks.  


Byline: Volunteer lifeboat crew with Red Bay RNLI have successfully recovered a calf after it fell down a cliff face yesterday afternoon (Saturday 22 June).
Page Content: The alarm was raised at 1.45pm when a local farmer contacted Belfast Coastguard requesting assistance after one of his calves had fallen over a cliff and became stranded on a part of inaccessible coastline.

Red Bay RNLI lifeboat crew launched and located the calf near Cushendun in county Antrim. After assessing all options it was decided that the only way to recover the animal safely was take it in harness and gently float it a short distance out to sea. Then it could be guided and brought ashore further up the coastline where the farmer could safely collect the animal.

The lifeboat crew returned to the station to collect more crew and equipment for the challenging recovery. The calf was carefully swaddled in a lifeboat trailer net and tethered to the lifeboat. The lifeboat crew then towed the animal slowly a quarter of a mile along to the coastline to safety and returned it to the relieved farmer.

Commenting on the unusual callout Red Bay RNLI lifeboat helm Paddy McLaughlin said, “This was not your usual callout for the lifeboat crew.  When we heard the poor animal had fallen and was stranded, we felt we could help.  With the RNLI you are trained for everything and we have great equipment.  I’m not sure a lifeboat net has ever been used to recover an animal before but there is a first time for everything. The calf did not seem to be injured after his fall and made his way back inland with the farmer after we dropped them off.” 


RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact RNLI Red Bay Helm Paddy McLaughlin Tel: 07802 308821 or  Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 00 353 87 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email


Byline: The `Bangor Swans´, a popular attraction at Pickie Fun Park in the town, are to be joined by a new addition, which will raise funds for charity.
Page Content: The white pedalo swans enjoyed by families when they visit the fun park will now include a swan decked out in the colours of an RNLI lifeboat. For every trip that people take on the lifeboat swan the Park will donate £1 to the RNLI.

The as yet unnamed swan will take pride of place among its 17 pedal operated colleagues and is easily identifiable by its distinctive lifeboat colours.  Management at Pickie Fun Park approached the RNLI with the novel fundraising idea and with the charity’s permission used the exact blue and orange colours that the RNLI use for its all-weather lifeboats.

Speaking on the new addition to their swan family, Bangor Pickie Fun Park Manager Nigel McNeely said, “We are located right at the harbour in Bangor, which is literally a stones throw from the Bangor RNLI lifeboat station.  We regularly see the lifeboat crew out on callouts and exercises so we thought that this would be a great way to support a local cause. By doing something fun and different we hope that people will enjoy it and be eager to take the lifeboat swan out for a spin around the lagoon.   

RNLI Operations Manager Gareth Morrison added, “We are delighted that Pickie Fun Park has decided to paint one of the Bangor Swans in our lifeboat colours.  Raising awareness for the work of our volunteer lifeboat crews is vital to help us keep saving lives at sea.  With its distinctive blue and orange colours it will be hard to miss and everyone who has a go in it will know that they are helping to raise funds for the RNLI.”

The first two customers for the new lifeboat this weekend were Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Rory Flannigan and Gareth Whan, who took to the water in full RNLI kit.

The Park will be running a competition to name the new swan, as the RNLI name their lifeboats.  They will be asking children who visit the park to suggest names and will choose the best one for their new swan. 


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Photos: RNLI/Colin Watson
Lifeboat Swan – family: Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Rory Flannigan and Gareth Whan try out the new lifeboat swan at Pickie Fun Park under the watchful eye of Paul Taylor and his son Joseph (5) from Groomsport and staff Nadine Hackworth and Chelsie Gray
Lifeboat Swan – back: Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Rory Flannigan and Gareth Whan take Pickie Fun Park’s new pedal Lifeboat swan out for spin

RNLI media contacts
For information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 00 353 1 8900 460 or 00 353 87 1254 124 email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 00 353 87 6483547 email

Bangor Pickie Fun Park contact: Nigel McNeely Pickie Fun Park Manager Tel: 078 7056 4327


Byline: Both of Ramsgate’s RNLI lifeboats were called out during the night of Saturday 22nd. and Sunday 23rd. June to assist a 49ft. yacht with engine failure 0.8 miles off Ramsgate.
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At 11:46pm the station’s inshore lifeboat, the Atlantic 75 class Bob Turnbull, launched and took the casualty under tow but in the strong winds (Force 6 – 25 knots) and choppy sea the tow parted so the RNLI volunteer helmsman requested that the station’s all weather lifeboat be launched to assist.

The all weather Trent class lifeboat Esme Anderson was launched at 12:21am, took over the tow, and brought the casualty and its crew safely into Ramsgate Harbour.

RNLI media contacts

• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 /
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 /
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789