Nov 28

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Byline: Littlehampton's RNLI Atlantic 85 Iifeboat Blue Peter 1 launched on service at 9:30am to the motor vessel Margaret Rose which was on fire 8 miles south east of Littlehampton harbour entrance.
Page Content: The owner had taken to his liferaft and paddled away from the craft and watched with dismay. He was wearing a lifejacket and called for help using his mobile phone.

Littlehampton Lifeboat arrived on scene at 9:49am coinciding with the arrival of the coastguard rescue helicopter.  The lifeboat crew found that the sole occupant of the fishing boat had successfully launched and climbed aboard his liferaft. The survivor was unharmed, and was recovered from the liferaft by the lifeboat crew and returned to the lifeboat station.  Shoreham Lifeboat remained on scene and stood by the burning wreck, which has subsequently sunk.

Our photos taken by the lifeboat crew show the burning boat as the lifeboat approached, and the liferaft as it is recovered ashore, photo by Eddie Mitchell.  Please credit photos RNLI/Eddie Mitchell.


RNLI media contacts
• Emma White, Littlehampton Lifeboat Station, Volunteer Press Officer
07909 730684 / press@littlehamptonlifeboat.org.uk
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
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Nov 28

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Byline: Lifesaving trainers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are today (3 December) starting to deliver lifeguard tuition in Senegal, before moving on to the Gambia, aiming to help each country save hundreds of people from drowning each year.
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An estimated 1.2 million people lose their lives to drowning each year – that’s more than those dying from malaria. The World Health Organization estimates that Africa has the highest continental drowning rate in the world. Through its international development activity, the RNLI is working with several African countries, including Senegal and the Gambia, to help them save lives.

Two RNLI instructors will return to Dakar, the capital of Senegal, where they first delivered lifeguard training a year ago. Over the past year, the Senegalese lifeguards have been running a full lifeguard service on Yoff beach, where drowning is sadly a common occurrence, using the skills they were taught by the RNLI last year. The RNLI instructors will now spend a week there, fine-tuning the newly-established lifesaving service and helping the Senegalese lifeguards to deliver  training to a further 30 new lifeguards, ensuring the service can continue to expand, protect local people and save lives.

The instructors will ensure the lifeguards have a local training regime established, to maintain the standard of the service, and monitoring systems to help better understand incidents and how to respond.  While in the country, the RNLI trainers will also identify opportunities for water safety education programmes, which can be delivered by the Senegalese lifeguards in schools. By delivering important water safety messages to young children, it is hoped many lives will be saved each year.

After the week in Senegal, the RNLI instructors will move on to Banjul in the Gambia, where they will train 30 new volunteer lifeguards. This will be the first time RNLI instructors have delivered training in the Gambia, so they will cover the important first steps of lifeguarding, including: recognising when a person is in distress; how to use rescue equipment; beach surveillance, and rescuing and treating a casualty.

Steve Wills, the RNLI’s international development manager, explains:

‘Africa has a major drowning problem, and the RNLI is committed to helping to tackle this. By working with willing volunteers in countries like Senegal and the Gambia, we can help establish really strong coastal lifesaving services, with highly-trained lifeguards who know how to respond, rescue people and, most importantly, save lives.

‘Our work in Senegal began last December. Since then, the Senegalese lifeguards have been doing a fantastic job, using the skills they learnt to run a good lifesaving service. This time, we’re helping them fine-tune the service and train up even more lifeguards so the service can grow. In the Gambia, we’re at the point we were this time last year in Senegal – delivering that vital initial training to get them started. I’ve no doubt they will learn and grow as quickly and enthusiastically as the Senegalese lifeguards have done.

‘Each time we deliver training overseas, the sense of commitment and determination to save lives is really overwhelming. With the right training and dedication, these fledgling lifeguard services will go from strength to strength and, no doubt, save many lives from drowning.’

In Africa, the RNLI is also helping lifesaving services in Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya and Tanzania. Outside of Africa, the charity has been working with countries including Bangladesh, India, Brazil, Uruguay and the Philippines.

This short film explains the lifesaving work the RNLI has already delivered in Senegal.

The RNLI has been stepping-up its international development work since 2011, to help developing lifesaving organisations and reduce the 1.2M drownings that occur around the world each year. The charity is focusing on helping other organisations to help themselves by providing a range of services such as training, safety education, and guidance on search and rescue frameworks and flood resilience.

The RNLI’s international development 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.

Notes to Editors
• The attached photos were taken during the RNLI’s last training session in Senegal. Please credit RNLI/Mike Lavis.

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


Nov 26

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Byline: Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee was launched this afternoon to assist a small angling boat in difficulties five miles off Sovereign Harbour
Page Content: The angling boat with two persons on board had been fishing during the afternoon and decided to return to port when the sun began to set and the temperature started to drop. Unfortunately for them their boat’s batteries had become exhausted during the afternoon and the vessel’s engine refused to start. With no electrical power the anglers were forced to resort to their mobile phones to request assistance. Fortunately for the anglers they managed to pick up a signal and contacted Dover Coastguard via the 999 emergency services. As a result, the volunteer crew of the Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat quickly assembled and were despatched to assist.

When on scene, Deputy Second Coxswain Ian Stringer was transferred to the stricken vessel to make good a towline. When all was secure the casualty vessel was returned to the safety of Sovereign Harbour.

Join the crew on the Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour Sun 8 Dec. to celebrate the festive season with a selection of favourite Carols accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.     

Nov 26

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Byline: Highland Park Retirement Village residents Tom and Olive Rummens wished to raise funds for Invergordon Lifeboat Station by hosting an Afternoon Tea Party from their home.
Page Content: The couple approached the lifeboat station to seek advice on running the event for the RNLI and were supplied with collection buckets.  

The afternoon tea was an in-house event for those that stay at the Easter Ross retirement village in Barbraville, by Invergordon as well as friends and family.

With a small entry fee being charged to enter on the afternoon, there was plenty of Tea, Home Baking and crafts on sale as well as a raffle.  

Out of the 50 people who attended, an amazing £760 was raised for the Lifeboat Station and to help Saving Lives at Sea.  

All the crew from Invergordon Lifeboat Station would like to express their thanks to Tom & Olive for organising and running the event, and to everyone who attended the event and helping raise such a fantastic sum of money.

Nov 24

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Byline: A warm welcome from RNLI Longhope, Carol's final destination.
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Carol Smithard an environmental consultant from Dumfermline has raised over £11,000 for the RNLI by walking from Land's End to John O'Groats, including Orkney and Shetland.

She began her amazing journey on August 10 at the most northern tip of Shetland and started on her long trek of 1702 miles which covered the length of the UK. To make her task even harder she has not taken the most direct route but has deviated from her course  to visit as many RNLI stations as possible on the way. We are honoured and delighted that Carol chose RNLI Longhope, her 44th lifeboat station, at which to finish her journey.

Carol said: 'I did this wee walk to raise money for the volunteers of the RNLI who selflessly give up their time on a regular basis to help others. All money raised by my wee walk will go towards training. Please help support these wonderful people. It takes a certain kind of person to do what they do and they are more wonderful then you can imagine.'

Carol has walked this unbelievable distance with no back up and travelled about 20 -25 miles a day which must have demanded a great physical and mental effort. To make her task even harder she climbed the highest peaks of England, Wales, Scotland, Shetland and finally Ward Hill on Hoy, Orkney.

Arriving on the early morning ferry on Wednesday 20 November, Carol was met by Kevin Kirkpatrick, our lifeboat Coxswain and Angus Budge, Deputy Coxswain at Moaness Pier in Hoy. She was lucky because this ferry didn't sail again that day due to the atrocious weather.

To climb Orkney's highest peak, Ward Hill, was not possible that day due to the weather conditions so that task was postponed until the next day. Nevertheless, Kevin and Angus walked the first ten and a half miles with Carol in gale force winds and lashing rain. There was a stop at the local school where the children had donned their waterproofs to bravely come out and greet Carol at the school gates. The children and teachers  were brilliant and full of enthusiasm and encouragement for Carol. Very well done to North Walls School and that was a great bit of cheering, thank you.

Kevin and Angus retired at this point and Carol's friend Becky, who had flown in from Malawi, joined Carol to walk a further eight and half miles. The weather by this time couldn't get much worse but it did. Crossing the Ayre, a causeway linking North and South Walls was quite a nerve racking, blustery experience for them both! They made it to Osmundwall Kirkyard where they stopped to visit the Longhope Lifeboat Disaster Memorial and quietly pay their respects. 

After a very early start the next day she climbed Ward Hill with Kevin and  Angus. It was dark when they set off and although the weather had improved a great deal, it was still very cold and icy at the summit. Carol said: 'The cloud layer was high so we had beautiful views all around.'
Then a tricky scramble down, a quick detour to the Lifeboat Museum at Brims and back to where she finished yesterday. Joined once more by her friend Becky with little Ellie riding piggy back, she only had a few miles left to walk into the village.

Finally after 1702 miles she walked into Longhope, all smiles and looking fit and healthy. Folk had gathered at the lifeboat station to cheer and welcome her. Carol said: ' We could see the flag on the station fluttering in the breeze for the last mile or so as we drew closer and closer and closer...then we arrived! And what a welcome. I must admit I got a bit emotional. I couldn't believe I had got to the end.'

There was great excitement and chatter as we all went into the station for a wee celebration and to hear snippets of Carol's awesome wee walk. The Longhope Lifeboat Guild had prepared some delicious soup, snacks and cakes that were greatly appreciated.

Once again very well done Carol, you are fantastic, you achieved your aim in a dignified and quiet manner. You have raised over £11,000 for the RNLI and we can never thank you enough. It was a delight to meet you.

You are a very special girl indeed.


Nov 24

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Byline: RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat was launched at 8.30 on Wednesday night (20 November), at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, following two separate reports of red flares sighted in the vicinity of Pennar Gut on the Milford Haven Waterway.
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat, Mark Mason, conducted a radar search while proceeding to the position, and once on scene, at 8.42pm, searched within the Gut. The lifeboat then searched back down river towards the lifeboat station.

As there was no evidence of any vessel in distress, the lifeboat was stood down to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 9.26pm.


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: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789

Nov 19

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Byline: An outdoor exhibition showcasing striking photos of the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has arrived at the Grand Canal Square in Dublin City.
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The unique display will be on view to everyone, 24 hours a day, in all weathers until Monday 2 December.

From dramatic shots of lifeboats battling fierce seas to candid portraits of the charity’s dedicated volunteer crew members, lifeguards and fundraisers, The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts exhibition showcases over 50 iconic images captured through the lens of RNLI lifeboat crew member and award-winning professional photographer Nigel Millard.

Nigel’s photos – the result of two years’ work – offer a unique eyewitness insight into the full scope of the RNLI’s lifesaving work. To capture the images, Nigel, who volunteers as a crew member at Torbay in Devon, visited RNLI lifeboat stations and lifeguard units around Ireland and the UK. At each lifeboat station, Nigel carried a pager and was alerted to callouts, along with the local crew, to capture the action first-hand. Nigel was on board the Baltimore lifeboat and captured the moment on camera when the racing yacht Rambler 100 capsized off the Fastnet in Cork and 16 crew were rescued off the upturned hull.

The exhibition is the first time that photographs of the RNLI’s work have been made available to the public in this way. Over the course of 7 months, as well as its run in Dublin it is appearing in locations including London, Southampton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Birmingham.

It features some of the most impressive photos from new book, The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts, published by Conway. The book is a celebration of the RNLI today. Written by Dr Huw Lewis-Jones the foreword has been contributed by HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

Nigel Millard says he hopes the images will give people a better understanding of the RNLI’s lifesaving work:

‘My favourite photo is a casualty’s eye view. I’ve been a man overboard on exercises – once in the water, you see nothing, then just a tiny bit of orange, and it’s not the sun, it’s a lifeboat. It epitomises the work I do, and the work of the RNLI.

‘I wanted the RNLI in Ireland to feature strongly in the book and accompanying exhibition.  I worked with lifeboat crews around the country and also with the Irish Coast Guard, who regularly exercise with the lifeboat crews.  There are some incredible shots in this exhibition including the Kilmore Quay and Rosslare lifeboats battling waves of the south east coast of Ireland.

‘I am very proud to see my work and the work of the RNLI volunteers on display in the centre of Dublin and I hope it will bring the work of the charity to a whole new audience. People who don’t know anything about rescue at sea will learn about it and know we’re here to help. Someone might even be inspired to volunteer – not necessarily on the crew, but maybe as a fundraiser. Or some might wish to donate.’

Author, Dr Huw Lewis-Jones, who accompanied Nigel on many of his photoshoots, says of the book and exhibition:

‘It’s a show of great photos that represent the best of the RNLI. It’s a way of reminding people that they are only ever a short journey from the sea – we may all need the RNLI’s help. We’ve joined crews all around Ireland and the UK on shouts, but also for a cup of tea. The photos are a collection of what the RNLI family means, the true spirit of the chairty – ordinary people doing extraordinary things.’

For those who can’t make it to the exhibition, an online version is also available at www.rnli.org/courageonourcoasts.

The outdoor exhibition prints, measuring 1750mm x 1170mm, are created with Epson's 64-inch (162.6cm) SureColor SC-S70600 large format printer. As leader in the photographic and fine art print markets, Epson’s technology produces high resolution and the widest colour gamut to ensure that Nigel’s photography is reproduced to the highest standard. 


My Coast photography competition

In partnership with Epson, the charity is running a photography competition, My Coast, while the exhibition is touring. The charity is challenging photographers to capture what the varied and beautiful coasts mean to them. The winner will be given a large format print of an image of their choice from the Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts exhibition, signed by the photographer Nigel Millard, and a photo quality Epson colour printer.
A short-list of 10 entries will be selected by Nigel Millard. He will be looking for striking images that encapsulate the photographer’s experience of the coastlines and something of their relationship with the sea. The short-list will then go forward for a public vote on the RNLI’s Facebook page. The closing date is Monday 31 March 2014 and the winner will be notified by Monday 5 May 2014. Entries should be submitted by completing the online form at www.rnli.org.uk/mycoast and emailing images as a JPEG file to mycoast@rnli.org.uk

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Notes to Editors

• Images are available for media use on request. Please contact the RNLI media contacts below to request copies. Photocall Ireland have photographed the exhibition for the RNLI in Grand Canal Sqaure.

• Nigel Millard is available for interview. Please contact RNLI PR on the details below to make arrangements.

• Book credit: The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts by Nigel Millard & Huw Lewis-Jones. Published by Conway - RRP €30/£25.

• Nigel Millard is an international photographer and a lifeboat crew member at Torbay in Devon. He is best known for his ongoing commissions for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, for his special issue Royal Mail stamps, and for commissions for companies including Mercedes, Land Rover and Lloyds Bank. He has been working with the RNLI now for almost a decade. In 2010 Nigel was awarded an RNLI Supporter Award for his continued support.

• Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and editor with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Huw was Curator at the National Maritime Museum and is now an award-winning author who writes and lectures widely about maritime history, exploration and the visual arts. His books include Arctic, Ocean Portraits, In Search of the South Pole, and Mountain Heroes, which won Adventure Book of the Year at the World ITB Awards in Germany.


RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org


Nov 19

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Byline: At 2.34pm on Monday 18th. November Ramsgate RNLI's all weather lifeboat launched to assist a local angling boat with engine problems 12 miles NE of Ramsgate.
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The Trent class lifeboat Esme Anderson was at sea for some 2 hours and safely towed the 12m. boat and the 5 people aboard back into Ramsgate Harbour.

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
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 33678.
RNLI media contacts



Nov 18

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Byline: Two callouts, an exercise with the coastguard rescue helicopter and a Salvation Army dedication service kept the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats occupied during a busy Sunday’s ‘day of rest’.
Page Content: The day started routinely enough for the crew when they began to assemble for their usual Sunday morning’s training exercise. The calm was interrupted when the crew pagers were activated by Dover Coastguard to alert them to a report that a small angling vessel was in trouble in Eastbourne Bay. The 17ft angling boat with two persons on board had suffered engine failure and the occupants were unable to cope with their situation. Without a working VHF radio the anglers were forced to telephone Dover Coastguard for assistance. Quickly on scene, Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) took the casualty vessel under tow and stood off from the beach from whence it departed at Eastbourne Angling Club. The tow was transferred to the inshore lifeboat which took it ashore where it was met by a mobile unit from Dover Coastguard. Safety advice regarding the perils of putting to sea without adequate safety equipment was offered to the anglers.

With the anglers safely ashore the ALB returned to the pre-arranged rendezvous point to await the arrival of Coastguard Rescue helicopter 104. Transfer exercises between the helicopter and the lifeboat ensued.

At 13.52 the ALB was again launched at the request of Dover Coastguard, this time following reports from members of the public that red distress flares had been sighted in the vicinity of Beachy Head. The ALB conducted a thorough search of the area but nothing was found. They were eventually stood down from service at 15.15.

Those crewmembers still awake in the evening attended the dedication service with the Salvation Army at their Citadel. 

Nov 9

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Byline: At 4.00pm on November 9th, 2013 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI lifeboat station were tasked to assist a kite surfer in trouble off Black Rock sands.
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The station's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Doris Joan, was quickly dispatched to search for the kite surfer who was reported to be in trouble and unable to get back ashore.  The lifeboat crew quickly located the casualty who was by that time being assisted ashore by her brother who had also been surfing, towards the southern end of the beach.


With the lifeboat standing-by, the local HM Coastguard team, who were on the beach, medically assessed the casualty.  With no further assistance required, the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service.

 

For further details, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316 or ifergwyn@hotmail.com