Jul 31

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Byline: Lend Lease, the principal contractor behind Liverpool2, The Port of Liverpool's new deep water container terminal, approached the RNLI through Tony Clare, Divisional Sea Safety Manager North about lifejacket specification, care and maintenance
Page Content: A major part of the Liverpool2 project involves the building of the quay wall through a joint venture by contractors Bam Nuttall & Van Oord. This part of the project will involve workers being exposed to the marine environment and its associated hazards and its vital that they have the right safety equipment and know how to use it. Tony and RNLI colleague Rick Raeburn devised a presentation which they delivered to employees on site in Liverpool Docks.

The employees were shown the correct specifications of lifejackets for their work, how to fit it correctly and how to keep it in good condition. It was also explained how quickly the effects of cold water immersion could affect their survival chances and also of being seen in and recovered from the water. We also raised awareness of the legal requirements around lifejacket use and gave advice regarding specific equipment needed where welding equipment and lifejackets were in use.

RNLI's Tony Clare said ‘ We are used to talking to the leisure boat users about lifejacket choice, care and maintenance so it was encouraging that big companies are also asking the same questions and are taking the safety of their staff so seriously. There are inherent dangers to anyone working or venturing near the coast and people should always be aware of their own safety and that of fellow workers and the public. RNLI are always willing to give impartial advice to anyone who requests it and we were very grateful for the large donation received from the company. This will help us address more incident issues around our coast and open waters’.

John Mudge, Project Director for Lend Lease, commented 'We came across the RNLI at a recent road show and the work they have done for us has been extremely helpful both for our operatives and ourselves as principal contractor for the project. It is vital that we manage the hazards with the right safety mechanisms in place during construction. We found the RNLI very accommodating and they were especially helpful being able to deliver the training on site. We expect that over the life of the project up to 100 operatives will go through the programme.'

A visit was arranged to the RNLI's New Brighton lifeboat station which is one of the busiest in the North West, where representatives from Lend Lease and Bam Nuttall made a donation to the RNLI. They were given a tour of the station and its rapid response inshore lifeboat – Atlantic 85 B-837 Charles Dibdin and learned about the work of the station.

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Notes to Editors

Primary photograph: L to R front Carolyn Barrie Project Director for Lend Lease, Louise Bates H&S Mgr Lend Lease, Tony Clare RNLI Divisional Sea Safety Mgr North - Back row John Mudge Project Director Lend Lease, Dan Davies Site Agent for Bam Nuttall on RNLI New Brightons Atlantic 85 B-837 Charles Dibdin for cheque presentation.

Secondary Photo: Dan Davies Site Agent for Bam Nuttall with RNLI New Brightons Talus Tractor

In January the station celebrated its 150th Anniversary during which time they have saved 1235 lives. Station website: http://www.newbrightonlifeboat.org.uk/

RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton Volunteer Press Officer on 0151 200 7965 - mobile 0784 765 8922 - email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912

Jul 31

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Byline: This summer, reindeer, snowmen and all things festive will be top of mind for budding young artists entering the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Christmas Card Competition called ‘Create Christmas’.
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Four talented youngsters, aged between seven to 16 years old, will win the opportunity to see their Christmas card designs go on sale across the UK and Ireland, helping to raise funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

Whether the design is traditional, modern or funny, young artists entering the competition can choose from three themes when creating their card – ‘The Rescue’, ‘Coastal Christmas’ or ‘Christmas for the Crew’. The charity is hoping to receive a variety of imaginative and colourful festive ideas using a wide range of materials and entries can be anything from hand-drawings, collages or paintings to computer generated designs. Inspiration can also be drawn from the extraordinary lifesaving work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards – last year alone RNLI lifeguards helped 16,418 people, including 7,088 children on beaches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 7,964 people, including 419 children across the UK and Ireland.

Artist Emma Ball, who designed one of the most popular Christmas cards for the RNLI last year, advises young artists to keep their designs simple as this often leads to the best ideas. She says, ‘Plan your card by drawing a few sketches first, show them to your friends and family and see which they like best before you paint the finished card. If using paints then make sure you keep them clean – you’ll have a brighter and more colourful painting at the end if you do. Nice bright and cheerful cards always work well – you may be putting a smile on someone’s face when they receive them.’

The four lucky winners will see their cards sold in a variety box next year through the RNLI’s shops, catalogue and website. They will win a two night stay for three at RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, with a VIP tour and a chance to meet RNLI mascot Stormy Stan. The winners will also head to the beach to take part in the charity’s unique ‘Hit the Surf’ scheme where they will learn how to stay safe in the surf with RNLI lifeguards. In addition they will also receive Storm Force membership, the RNLI’s junior membership group. The winners, plus six runners-up, will also see their designs produced as e-cards at RNLIshop.org.uk and both winners and runners-up will receive a fun-packed RNLI goody bag.

Helen Glossop, the RNLI’s Christmas Card Buyer says: ‘It’s a great chance for children to get creative and have fun making their festive designs over the summer holidays. It’s also an opportunity to think about the lifesaving work of the RNLI as well as the importance of helping a charity. We’re looking for vibrant and refreshing designs that will really stand out on mantlepieces in thousands of homes during Christmas 2014.’

The competition is open to children aged seven to 16 years old (by the closing date) living in the UK or Ireland and closes on Monday 30 September 2013. For full details and entry information visit the RNLIshop website rnlishop.org/create-christmas.html. To find out more about Storm Force membership visit rnli.org/stormforce.

 

Storm Force Group Membership
Teachers can sign up their class for Storm Force Group Membership to receive:
• a bumper activity booklet for each member containing puzzles, make and do, colouring in and lots more
• a copy of Storm Force magazine for every five members four times a year; packed with rescue stories, news, activities, comic strips, water safety advice, educational articles and competitions with cool prizes
• a membership card with unique membership number
• a shiny new badge for each member for every year of membership
• plus, Stormy Stan replies to each and every letter, drawing, photo or joke submitted and there are special gifts for those published in the magazine too.



Jul 29

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Byline: At 2128 hours on Saturday 27th July, 2013 Belfast Coastguard contacted the Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat to advise that a member of the public at Rosneath Caravan Park had reported seeing a dinghy adrift off the Caravan Park in Gareloch.
Page Content: It had an outboard engine in the lowered position and did not appear to be manned. The lifeboat was  launched to investigate the report.
After launching at 2136 hours, the lifeboat crew conducted a search of the area and located the dingy in Camsail Bay - some 7 metres clear of the water line! As they were speaking to the informant, the owner of the dinghy appeared in another vessel. Apparently his son had not secured the bow line correctly to his boat and it had drifted off. The lifeboat returned to base at 2232 hours

Jul 29

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Byline: The volunteer crew from Mudeford RNLI were pleased to escort back to Christchurch harbour, sailing yacht Toucan along with owners Conor and Marion Wall on Saturday 27 July.
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The yacht had finally come home after a three year circumnavigation of the World, of which this is the only boat and family from Christchurch who have achieved this. 

Conor and Marion said they had been shown a great kindness by the welcome from family, friends and supporters as they made their return through Mudeford back to Christchurch Sailing Club and that they were touched that Mudeford Servant was there to lead the escort home.

RNLI notes to editors

The attached pictures show the homecoming as seen from the lifeboat.

RNLI contact 

For more information please contact Jo Dadds, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Mudeford RNLI, on 07980 555150.   


Jul 29

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Byline: Invergordon RNLI Volunteer crew were requested to launch on Sunday afternoon by Aberdeen Coastguard to aid the search of a missing diver in the Moray Firth.
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The all-weather Trent class lifeboat RNLB Douglas Aikman Smith launched shortly after 1.15pm on Sunday 28 July, to a diving vessel 4miles east of Tarbertness Lighthouse where it was a reported a diver was in difficulty.

Due to an ongoing Police Investigation, we cannot comment further at this stage.

RNLI media contacts:

Michael MacDonald, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07751 204647, pr@invergordonlifeboat.org

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


Jul 28

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Byline: The weekend of the 27th and 28th of July, 2013 proved to be exceptionally busy for volunteer crew members at Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat station with 5 separate incidents requiring their attendance.
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The first launch occurred on Friday evening at 5.00pm with a group of nine people and a dog marooned on a sand bank near Borth y Gest.  Due to prevailing tidal conditions, the station launched its inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, which is able to operate in the estuary’s shallow waters.  Once on scene a crew member was placed ashore to assess the situation; as the tide was ebbing it was decided to walk the party to the shore.

Saturday saw the station launch to two incidents.  The first launch saw the crew attending to a 14-foot cabin cruiser that was suffering from engine failure south-west of Criccieth.  With the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, alongside it was decided to provide the stricken vessel with a tow back to Black Rock for recovery whist taking the occupants onboard the lifeboat as the effects of exposure took hold.  The day’s second launch occurred at 9.20pm following reports of a person in the water off Mochras Point.  The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was immediately launched and was promptly on scene and initiating a search toward Mochras lagoon.  A little later the inshore rescue lifeboat was also tasked and transported by road to launch nearer the scene.  She commenced to search in the lagoon area.  RAF Valley’s search and rescue helicopter was also in attendance and assisted with the search alongside HM Coastguard teams from Harlech and Barmouth.  With no one found, it was decided to end the search at approximately 1.00am after a comprehensive programme of search patterns had been completed.

On Sunday at 3.15pm to search for two divers which were overdue at a diving location near the Porthmadog Fairway Buoy.  Their dive tender boat with one person on-board, had broken down and drifted for some two hours away from the site before being assisted by a passing power boat.  The tender's occupant was taken under tow with his vessel to Porthmadog harbour to be assessed by an awaiting ambulance, whilst the lifeboat continued to search.  Some 20 minutes later another passing vessel reported seeing two persons with diving equipment on a desolate beach near Harlech.  The inshore rescue boat was sent to evacuate the divers back to the Atlantic 85 for medical assessment.  Given the amount of time the divers had been in the water, the RAF’s helicopter was again summoned; their on-board paramedic assessed the divers and suggested they be assessed further by ambulance staff ashore.  The divers were bought ashore in Criccieth; with no further medical attention required both returned home and the lifeboats were prepared for the next launch.

The weekend's final launch occurred at 10.40pm on Sunday with the crew tasked to assist the local HM Coastguard team with a search for a missing male in the vicinity of Black Rock sands.  The man, who was staying locally, was found on land with slight head injuries after a search which lasted over an hour in moderate seas and darkness. 

Following these incidents Criccieth Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams stated “This has by far been the station’s busiest weekend this year.   We’ve been tasked to incidents that have differed in nature and therefore called upon a range of search and rescue techniques and resolve from the crew.  Once again we ask that people take care whilst enjoying this area’s natural environment by making sure to check tide times and ensure that their boats are in good working order.”

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For further information please contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554445316 or ifergwyn@hotmail.com


Jul 28

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Byline: On Thursday the 25 of July, 2013 two of Criccieth’s RNLI lifeboat crew were presented with Long Service Badges honouring 20 years service. Clive Wright and Chris Fisher joined the station as teenagers, before progressing to being Helmsmen.
Page Content: The Badges were presented to Clive and Chris by the RNLI’s Wales and West Divisional Inspector, Matt Croft at the station’s Annual General Meeting.  Matt Croft noted their respective service histories and continuing high standard of service.  In addition to being a Helmsman, Clive is the station’s Lifeboat Training Coordinator, whilst Chris served as the station’s boat mechanic for a number of years.  Over the course of the past two decades they have been involved in numerous resuces and helped save many lives.   

Following the presentation, Criccieth Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams added to Matt Croft’s sentiments by stating “Clive and Chris joined the station as soon as they were old enough and ever since has served the station with professionalism and commitment.  Luckily, they are still young enough to help train and mentor other crew members given their wealth of knowledge and experience as well as continuing as operational Helmsmen.  I congratulate both of them on receiving their Long Service Badges”.



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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554445316 or ifergwyn@hotmail.com

Picture showing Matt Croft with Clive Wright and Chris Fisher with their their Long Service Badges

Jul 26

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Byline: Margate’s RNLI lifeboat crew have taken part in a poignant ashes scattering ceremony remembering a seafarer rescued by the town’s lifeboat at the start of the second world war.
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Lifeboat crews are often asked to scatter the ashes of loved ones at sea but when the crew at Margate were asked, almost a year ago, to carry out such a task it was immediately clear that an interesting and moving story lay behind this particular request.

In November 1939 the lifeboat was called out after the cargo vessel Matra struck a mine off Margate and immediately started sinking at the end of a transatlantic convoy crossing. The crew were abandoning ship when the lifeboat arrived and 52 of around 85 souls on board were picked up by the lifeboat from the ship’s own lifeboats, others were rescued by another merchant vessel. A number of the Matra’s crew lost their lives in the tragedy.

Peter Piercy was just sixteen years old and a crew member of the Matra and one of those rescued by the lifeboat. In 1947 he moved to California where he died a couple of years ago and it was his son, Chris Piercy who contacted the station stating that it was his father’s wish that his ashes be put into the ocean off Margate and asking if they could help.

Recently, his late father’s wishes were realised when family members, including some who had travelled from California and Australia gathered in Margate to witness the present lifeboat scatter his ashes off the coast. To commemorate this special occasion the lifeboat crew presented the family with a framed reproduction of the original service report that was still held at the station.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority said: “This was a very special and memorable occasion for us all and it was an honour to be asked to fulfil Mr Piercy’s wishes and at the same time remember the bravery of the lifeboat crew of the day in a rescue described as being ‘achieved with very great difficulty owing to the injured men’, it was clearly an experience that remained with Mr Piercy for the rest of his life”.


Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate


RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.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


Jul 25

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Byline: Both of Rhyl's lifeboats involved in 2 separate incidents.
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The first shout was at 11.08am, and involved the all-weather lifeboat launching for a medical evacuation from an accommodation vessel for the windfarms, 5 miles off Rhyl. A helicopter from RAF valley was in the area and was also tasked. Both units arrived on scene at the same time, so the lifeboat stood off until the winchman was lowered from the helicopter on to the vessel. The casualty was assessed as being OK to be airlifted, so the lifeboat again stood by until this was completed, and the casualty was on his way to Rhyl hospital in the helicopter. The lifeboat was then released and returned to station at 1.30pm. (main picture).

The second call was for the inshore lifeboat to be launched to assist the council beach lifeguards, as one of their team swam out to 2 children in an inflatable dinghy, which was being swept out to sea with the offshore breeze and ebbing tide. The lifeboat was launched and was on scene in 2 minutes. All were taken on board the lifeboat, and returned safe and well. (picture 2 ) 


Jul 25

Assynt-5-Peaks-Challenge

Byline: The mechanic of the Lochinver RNLI lifeboat, Stuart Gudgeon, is to attempt the Assynt 5 Peaks Challenge to raise money for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.
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Stuart  Gudgeon is the full time mechanic and deputy 2nd coxswain of the Lochinver RNLI Lifeboat. Stuart has been on the crew of the lifeboat for the last 16 years, joining as a probationary crew member at the age of 17.


Assynt is an area in west Sutherland in the highlands of Scotland, famous for its landscape and remarkable mountains, boasting 2 of the country’s 282 Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet or 914 meters).

The 5 peaks in question in the order in which Stuart is planning to ascend them are; Ben More Assynt at 998m, Conival at 987m, Quinag at 808m, Canisp 847m and finally Suilven at 731m.

Stuart plans to have been on all 5 peaks within 24 hours by running, walking or crawling unaided over a distance of about 35 miles. It is also worthy of note that the combined height of all peaks is 4,371m, which in itself would have put him almost to the top of Mount Blanc in the Alps, Europe’s highest mountain.

This tremendous endeavour is being undertaken in the interests of raising sponsorship with all funds being donated to the RNLI.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and relies on public support and generosity to maintain the provision of its 24 hour search and rescue service up to 10 miles from the cost of the UK and ROI.

Donations in support of Stuart’s efforts can be made in person at the Lochinver RNLI lifeboat station or on line at www.justgiving.com/Assynt5Peaks.