Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched the all weather lifeboat ‘Grace Dixon’ at 7-40pm tonight, Saturday 31st August 2013 to attend a ship in the Irish Sea, where two casualties were in need of a medical evacuation.
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard had requested lifeboat assistance at 7-30 pm following a report from the Captain of the 6200 ton cable layer,‘Stemat Spirit’, that two of his crew were ill and required immediate evacuation to hospital. One, a Filipino national, was apparently suffering from a stroke and the second from the UK suffered from a severe abdominal problem.

The vessel at the time was west of the Walney Windfarm approximately 7 miles from the mainland and was engaged in a cable laying operation. The tide was flooding at the time with high water of 7.2 metres expected at 9pm, and the wind was a Force 4 from the northwest.
The ‘Grace Dixon’ was launched at 7-40pm with 2nd Coxswain Jonny Long in charge of the crew, Dave Kell, Andy Baxter, Mark Harper, Ben Jackson, Adam Cleasby and Phil Taylor. She arrived on scene at 8-05pm.

Due to the size and position of the ship coupled with the swell of 8 feet, it was a difficult manoeuvre to get alongside the vessel and took two attempts before Deputy 2nd Coxswain Dave Kell and crewman Phil Taylor were able to make the jump between the vessels and onto the pilot ladder to climb aboard. Once aboard Dave Kell assessed both casualties and decided to recover them to the lifeboat where further treatment could be administered.

Once Jonny Long had brought the lifeboat alongside, the ship and lifeboat crews helped to get the two casualties aboard the lifeboat where they were made comfortable by Dave Kell who administered oxygen to one and entonox pain killing gas to the other. The lifeboat then made her way back to Barrow lifeboat station where she arrived at 9-15pm. An ambulance crew along with a Filipino interpreter were awaiting the arrival and both casualties were taken to Furness General Hospital for further treatment.

The lifeboat was then washed down and re-housed ready for the next service.

Deputy 2nd Coxswain Dave Kell said, “There was a bit of a swell running out there which made the jump between vessels and also the transfer of casualties back to the lifeboat, a bit hairy. We managed without incident and we got them away to hospital for treatment as quickly as possible”.


Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched the inshore lifeboat
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard alerted the lifeboat at 7-40pm and she was launched by
7-45pm ,with crew of Matthew Tippins and Phil Taylor, commanded by Helmsman Ben Jackson. The weather was fine and dry and the tide was ebbing having been a high water of 7 metres at 6-24pm.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 7-55pm and found there to be partner agencies of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, Cumbria Police and Ambulance and Furness Coastguard already present on the scene. A member of the Fire Service climbed over the bridge parapet and slung himself onto the metal underneath the bridge before climbing along to where the stranded male and female were. Both young persons were then lowered down by the fireman to sea level and into the awaiting lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ before being taken to the Ferry Pitching.

The lifeboat resumed at 9pm and was back at station and closed down by 9-30pm

John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said,” We attended purely as a safety measure, to stand by, in case either of the young people or the fire officer had slipped and fallen into the water. In the end it was decided that the safest option for the young people was to lower them down into the lifeboat so that we could take them safely to the shore.”


Byline: Both Eastbourne lifeboats were launched this afternoon following conflicting reports that a 6 metre sports boat had collided with Eastbourne Pier.
Page Content: Many members of the public contacted Dover Coastguard by dialling 999 when it became apparent that a small sports boat was in difficulties in the vicinity of Eastbourne Pier. Some reports indicated the vessel was being swept uncontrollably under the pier and had actually made contact with the structure. Initially Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist but as more reports were received by Dover Coastguard, with varying descriptions of the nature of the incident, such as colour of the vessel, location of the incident and indeed the number of persons aboard, it was suspected by rescue co-ordinators at Dover that another incident was taking place simultaneously. As a precaution Eastbourne’s all weather lifeboat was also launched. In the absence of coherent radio communications from the stricken vessel it was difficult to ascertain if another incident was taking place until the ILB was on scene. When contact was achieved, and with no other vessels in the immediate vicinity, and with the casualty vessel under tow by the ILB, it became evident the volunteer crews were dealing with only one incident. The tow was transferred to the ALB and the stricken vessel returned to Sovereign Harbour and the ILB returned to station.


Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched the all weather
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard requested lifeboat assistance after they had received the report of a collision between a 28 foot yacht, ‘Shola’, and a guard boat from the windfarm. It was unknown if there was any damage caused to either vessel, but the yacht skipper, a lone sailor, was believed to be suffering from shock.

The lifeboat was crewed by 2nd Coxswain Jonny Long, Dave Kell, Andy Baxter, Derek Coyle, Chris Moore and John Walker and made good time against the incoming tide en route to the casualty. A further vessel named ‘Windcat 6’, which was in the vicinity, transferred one of her crew aboard the casualty yacht to take command, and took off the yachtsman who was showing signs of illness from shock. She then motored towards the Barrow lifeboat who took over the casualty care. Meanwhile, Liverpool Coastguard had requested the attendance of a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley and on its arrival the casualty was airlifted from the lifeboat onto the aircraft and transferred to Furness General Hospital for assessment.

Deputy 2nd Coxswain Dave Kell was then put aboard the yacht with the crewman from ‘Windcat 6’ and the vessel was sailed to Roa Island where it was assisted to moor up on a casualty mooring by the inshore lifeboat manned by Adam Cleasby and Phil Taylor.

Both lifeboats were washed down and re-housed by 5pm.

John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said, “We don’t know what caused the collision but thankfully there was no structural damage to the hull of either vessel which would have allowed water to penetrate. The lone yachtsman was taken off by the skipper of Windcat 6 and his crew after showing signs of shock and they did a great job in getting him back to the lifeboat in a short space of time. The rescue helicopter later took over his care and he was taken to Furness General Hospital where he was assessed and then released.’


Byline: A 12.8m motor yacht, which was taking in water off the South Pembrokeshire coast, was brought to safety by RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat on Monday night (26 August).
Page Content: The lifeboat launched
at 9.07pm, at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, following a Pan Pan
broadcast from the motor yacht, which was 14 miles south-west of St Ann’s Head
and had three people on board.

The vessel, which was
on passage from Aberystwyth to the Isle of Wight, altered course and headed
towards Milford. 

While proceeding, the
motor yacht instructed the lifeboat that the ingress of water had stabilised
and they were comfortable to make their own way in. 

The lifeboat
rendezvoused with the casualty seven miles south-west of St Ann’s at 9.37pm and
transferred two crew members and the salvage pump as a precaution. 

While being escorted
in, the motor yacht experienced machinery failure, so the lifeboat rigged a tow
and the casualty was taken under tow to Milford Docks. 

Once off the entrance
to the Docks the casualty was put in an alongside tow and taken to the Mackerel
Stage, where she was safely secured at 11.41pm.

The lifeboat was
released to return to her station, where she was rehoused just after midnight. 

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: or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789.

RNLI Public Relations: 01202 336789 or HYPERLINK


Byline: An RNLI fundraiser who is hoping to walk 1,500 miles and raise £20,000 for the lifeboat charity arrived at Newquay lifeboat station on Friday (23 August) as the local RNLI volunteers were responding to a mayday call from a sinking fishing boat.
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Carol Smithard from Fife arrived at Newquay Harbour at the same time as the RNLI volunteers were launching the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat in response to the fishermen’s mayday call. Whilst three of the RNLI crew travelled eight miles offshore to assist the sinking fishing boat, Carol took a brief rest from her coastal trek and spoke to other volunteers at the lifeboat station. Once the lifeboat crew had confirmed the safety of the three fishermen and returned to harbour, Carol watched as the lifeboat was washed and refuelled, before she continued her walk en route to Padstow, having seen for herself the value of her support to the work of the RNLI volunteers.

Carol had left Land’s End five days earlier, on the latest leg of ‘Carol’s Wee Walk’, a Land’s End to John O’Groats RNLI fundraising trek with a difference. Before arriving in Cornwall, Carol had already spent a week walking the length of the Shetland Islands and by the time she completes her walk in December, Carol plans to have covered 1,500 miles, climbed the three highest peaks in the UK and visited 43 RNLI lifeboat stations before finishing on the Orkney Islands by Christmas.

She said: ‘The majority of the people involved with the RNLI are volunteers who give up their time on a regular basis to help others’. Knowing people who have been rescued by the charity and having friends who volunteer for the lifeboats was her motivation to take on this epic challenge.

Supporters can follow ‘Carol’s Wee Walk’ on her blog at and donations can be made at                         

Notes to editors
Attached photo: Carol with RNLI volunteers Matt King (on the left) and Tim Stokes on their return from call to sinking fishing boat.  Credit: RNLI/Newquay

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Andy Hobkinson, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station, on 07880 507464 or email or Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager south west, on 07786 668847 or email or the Duty RNLI Press Officer on 01202 336789.


Byline: A Lancashire lady who fell and broke her leg whilst walking on the Moelfre coastal path returned to the scene of her incident recently to thank the Moelfre RNLI volunteers and coastguard team who came to her rescue.
Page Content: Michele Scott from Lancashire had been walking on the beautiful section of the Anglesey coastal path on 31st July when she slipped on wet grass and heard a loud crack in her left lower leg. Her friends ran to the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station to summon help. Coxswain Anthony Barclay along with other Moelfre RNLI volunteers came to her aid with some RNLI first aid equipment. Along with the Moelfre Coastguard team and their stretcher they successfully carried the injured lady to the main road and the awaiting Ambulance crew.

Moelfre RNLI lifeboat coxswain Anthony Barclay said:

‘It was really good to see Michele the other day, and glad to see she is on the mend. Her rescue was a great example of good team work between the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew and the Moelfre coastguard team. The patient assessment and treatment we gave Michele was to a very high standard and that’s thanks to the RNLI casualty care training we have all received. We had the confidence and the knowledge to deal with the incident calmly and efficiently which thankfully lead to a positive outcome ‘.

Michele said:

‘I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the volunteer lifeboat crew and Coastguard team who came to my rescue following my slip. Their expertise, support and professionalism was really impressive, and the team work that took place was exemplary and I don’t know what I would have done without them.’


Notes to editors
• Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1830. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to 
• Attached is an image of the Moelfre RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew along with Michele Scott.
• Next year’s Moelfre Lifeboat day will be held on Saturday August 16th 2014.

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 News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre

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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Byline: Divers are being called on to help the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with research into participation and attitudes to safety in the sport by taking part in an online survey which launches today.
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Last year alone, 314 diving incidents were reported to the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). The RNLI, in partnership with the British Diving Safety Group (BDSG), is asking divers and dive instructors in the UK to take ten minutes to complete an online survey, which looks at their reasons for participating in diving, how often they take to the water, preferred methods and locations, experience and training, awareness of possible hazards and use of safety measures.

The findings will be used to help the RNLI and BDSG develop tailored and relevant safety messages for the diving community, to help make the sport even safer.

An online survey is launching today (Tuesday 27 August) and will run for nine weeks, during which time anyone who dives in the UK – no matter how often or what level of experience – is invited to visit and complete the short survey. The research is being undertaken by Substance, on behalf of the RNLI.

To supplement the online survey, face-to-face surveys will be conducted at dive sites, charter boat launch and departure points, and at the NEC Dive Show (Dive 2013) in October. In-depth interviews and focus groups will also be conducted. Divers wishing to take part in these are encouraged to contact Substance via the survey website.

Nick Fecher, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, who is running the project, explains the reasoning behind the research:

‘Diving is a hugely popular sport but accidents do happen. A total of 314 diving incidents were reported to BSAC last year and the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews have rescued 96 divers and saved 13 divers’ lives in the past five years. By carrying out this research, we hope to understand more about how and why people dive, what they know about the risks and what safety measures they take. We’re hoping to hear from divers of all levels of experience, so we can then develop really targeted and relevant safety advice to help them enjoy their sport as safely as possible.

‘Coastal safety is a key part of the RNLI’s remit of saving lives at sea – by offering important safety advice to people taking part in coastal activities like diving, we hope to prevent incidents from happening in the first place and, ultimately, save lives.’

All who participate in the survey are offered the option of free entry into a prize draw. The first prize is a DX dive computer, kindly donated by Suunto Diving UK and the second prize is an Abyss 22 regulator, kindly donated by Mares. Winners will be chosen by Substance, using a random number generator, by 15 November.

Notes to editors
A photo is attached showing a diver being rescued by Torbay RNLI lifeboat. Credit RNLI/Nigel Millard. 

RNLI spokespeople are available for interview. Please contact RNLI Public Relations on the numbers below.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663181 /

About Substance
Substance is a social research cooperative working in the youth, sport and social development sectors. It has undertaken landmark research projects such as the Social and Community Benefits of Angling research for the Big Lottery and Social Value of Football research and has developed the Views ( software to allow organisations to evaluate and demonstrate their impact. To find out more:

About the BDSG
The British Diving Safety Group (BDSG) was formed in 2002 to promote safe diving practices amongst the British sport diving community. Currently chaired by the RNLI, the group has a broad representation, with all of the UK diver training agencies, the HSE and the MCA involved. These organisations regularly meet in order to work towards a common goal; to make diving safer. By sharing and analysing incident data, devising safety initiatives and then promoting them to divers, the group has a broad influence on the recreational diving community.


Byline: A 10m charter fishing vessel, which broke down 20 miles off the South Pembrokeshire coast on Sunday (25 August), was towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat.
Page Content: The Tamar
class lifeboat
Mark Mason was
launched at 9.26 am, at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, and reached
the Dale-based casualty, which had seven people on board, in just under an

A tow
was connected to the drifting vessel and the lifeboat brought her back to Dale.
There, she was put in an alongside tow and taken to her mooring to be safely
secured at 1.54pm. 
lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at
2.25pm, after nearly five hours at sea. 
Note to editors
The photograph shows the charter fishing vessel under tow by RNLI Angle’s
all weather lifeboat.

Photo: RNLI Angle.

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: or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789.

RNLI Public Relations: 01202 336789 or HYPERLINK



Byline: At 2113 hours on Sunday 25th August 2013 Belfast Coastguard contacted Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat, having received a report of a yacht aground on the Greenock Bank.
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The Coastguard had been unable to establish contact with the yacht on VHF and wished to check that the occupants were OK.  The lifeboat was launched and at 2132 hours the crew reported that they were on scene and had a visual sighting of the yacht.  As it was low tide, the lifeboat had to proceed with caution across the sand banks.  The casualty vessel, the ‘Solas II’, an 8 metre yacht with twin keels, had 6 persons on board; all were ok.  As the yacht’s engine had failed, the lifeboat towed the Solas II back into deep water where it was towed to the James Watt dock by an acquaintance of owner. 

The lifeboat  returned to base and reported ready for service again at 2301 hours.