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Byline: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (Wednesday) at 1:40pm to reports of an 80 ton fishing vessel with engine failure.
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The Moelfre RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew located the 38foot vessel one mile North West of Penmon point. She was drifting and unable to haul the partially recovered fishing dredges. Another vessel has secured a tow line to the casualty but was unable to make much headway.

Due to the falling tide and the forecast strong winds it was decided that the lifeboat would  tow the vessel north of Anglesey, towards Holyhead where the casualty was handed to the Holyhead  RNLI lifeboat who towed them into the deep water harbour. The Moelfre lifeboat crew returned to shore at approximately 7pm.

This rescue marked a couple of firsts for the Moelfre RNLI as the volunteer crew had to launch the RNLI boarding boat for the first time from their temporary station under emergency conditions. All their training paid off as the procedure was completed safely and efficiently thanks to the teamwork between the Moelfre lifeboat crew and the slipway volunteers.

It was also the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat emergency coxswain Martin Jones first rescue in command of the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat. 29 year old Martin, a local joiner, completed the demanding coxswains training two months ago and can now cover the Moelfre lifeboat full time coxswain Anthony Barclay when required.

Moelfre RNLI lifeboat Emergency coxswain Martin Jones said:
‘I am really pleased to complete my first rescue as emergency coxswain in command of the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat. However I could not have done it without the volunteer crew that were with me and the launch and recovery volunteers on the shore. It was a combination of their training and professionalism along with my RNLI coxswains training that ensured that the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat carried out another successful rescue mission.

Moelfre RNLI volunteer press officer Dave Massey said:

‘Martin has been a key member of the Moelfre RNLI volunteer crew for over 12 years and is one of the most dedicated and committed volunteers you could ever meet. He has put 100% into his development within the lifesaving charity and this all paid off yesterday when he launched for the first time in command of the £2.7million RNLI lifeboat. He is a very popular member of the crew and we are all very proud and pleased for him! Along with the new Moelfre RNLI lifeboat and the new lifeboat station construction commencing this all ensures the future is looking excellent for the Moelfre RNLI’.

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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 volunteer crew securing a tow rope to the casualty fishing vessel.
• Attached is an image of newly qualified emergency coxswain Martin Jones at the controls of the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat during yesterdays rescue.
• Next year’s Moelfre Lifeboat day will be held on Saturday August 16th 2014.
• You can donate towards our £100,000new Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station appeal by visiting:
http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/RNLIMoelfre

To support the £100,000 new Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station appeal
Text RNLI MOELFRE to 70300 to donate £5 to this appeal or to organise a fundraising event – for a fundraising pack please contact Deborah Ferns on 07900 607213 or deborah_ferns@rnli.org.uk

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

RNLI-to-trial-new-lifeboat-station-at-Union-Hall-in-Cork

Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has announced that it is to trial a new lifeboat station at Union Hall in south west Cork.
Page Content: At a meeting of the RNLI Board of Trustees the decision was taken to establish an inshore lifeboat station at Union Hall for a trial period of 24 months. Following the evaluation the lifesaving charity will examine whether there is a case to establish a permanent lifeboat station at Union Hall.

Formal representations were made in May to the RNLI from the Glandore Harbour Inshore Lifeboat Committee for the establishment of a lifeboat station in the area. The committee was made up of individuals from the Union Hall and Glandore area representing the fishing industry, marine leisure and the local community.

The trial station will operate an RNLI B Class lifeboat.  This lifeboat is a rigid inflatable boat measuring 7.3 metres and which can reach speeds of up to 32 knots. It is fast, manoeuvrable and very reliable and can operate in rough weather conditions. The inshore lifeboat complements the work of the larger all-weather lifeboats, which are based at the neighbouring RNLI lifeboat stations of Baltimore and Courtmacsherry. Baltimore RNLI also operates an inshore lifeboat. These declared search and rescue assets work with the Irish Coast Guard to save lives at sea.

The Union Hall lifeboat will come from the existing RNLI relief fleet and the station will be based on Union Hall Pier in Keelbeg. It is hoped to have the station fully operational and ready for service by the middle of next year.  Work will shortly begin on recruitment and training.

Commenting on the decision RNLI Regional Operations Manager for Ireland and the Isle of Man, Martyn Smith said, ’The south west coast of Cork is an area of significant maritime activity. Sadly it has also witnessed its fair share of tragedy.  While RNLI all-weather lifeboat cover is strong along the Cork coast we feel there is a strong case for the addition of an inshore lifeboat based at Union Hall.’ 

‘This coastline has many inlets and cliffs that are suitable for the rapid response and shallow water operations of an inshore lifeboat. Therefore the charity has taken this significant step in search and rescue cover along the south west coast and we are grateful to the people of Union Hall and Glandore for their support on this project.’ 

Paddy O’Donovan, Chairman of the Glandore Harbour Inshore Lifeboat Committee added, ‘We are delighted that the RNLI have taken the decision to trial an inshore lifeboat at Union Hall for 24 months.  We felt there was a strong case for a lifeboat here and we worked hard to bring the community together to make that case to the RNLI.  We are all very familiar with the lifesaving work of the lifeboat crews in Baltimore and Courtmacsherry and we want the lifeboat crew in Union Hall to work alongside them in making sure our coastline has strong search and rescue cover.’
 
The RNLI already operates 44 lifeboat stations around the coast and on inland waters in Ireland. 

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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

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Byline: Dart and Torbay RNLI lifeboats joined three land based Coastguard teams, along with Police and a helicopter, to search for a missing person around Bow Creek on the River Dart.
Page Content: The Dart RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to join three mobile Search and Rescue Coastguard teams, the Police and a Police helicopter in a search for a missing person just before 18:30 on Sunday 3 November. The search was conducted in total darkness, strong winds and heavy rain. The Torbay all weather RNLI lifeboat was later tasked to join the search. The Torbay crew searched the main river on their way up to the Anchor Stone beyond which they were limited by the depth of the water on a falling tide. They were able to improve communications between the search parties, which are poor in the upper reaches of the navigable Dart. The D class inshore lifeboat returned to station after three hours of searching, for a crew change, refuelling and new batteries for the searchlight.  At 22:26, after they had resumed the search, all the search teams were stood down when a body was revealed by the falling tide in Bow Creek. Both RNLI lifeboats returned safely to their stations. For more information please speak to the Devon and Cornwall Police Press office.

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Byline: WHEN Tynemouth RNLI station Mechanic Kevin Mole’s new baby Grandson arrived on the scene, there was only one place he was going to be christened – aboard Tynemouth RNLI station’s Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland.
Page Content: Heavy showers held off long enough to allow a moving ceremony where local vicar Reverend Dorothy Robinson christened Roman Alexander in front of parents Laura and Paul Bundy, their family and friends, and Tynemouth RNLI crew members.

The tradition of christening “lifeboat children” aboard lifeboats goes back over two hundred years and is said to bring luck to the child

The christening font normally found in a church ceremony is replaced by the upturned ship’s bell from the lifeboat.

Baby Roman Alexander is the fourth generation of the family to join the lifeboat ‘family’, with Kevin Mole having served for 40 years, his late father Dougie served for over 30 years, and Kevin’s son Bobby, Roman Alexander’s Uncle, currently serving as a volunteer crewman at the Tynemouth station.

Kevin said he hoped that Roman would one day follow the family tradition and become a lifeboatman himself.

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Byline: Both RNLI Eastbourne lifeboats were called into action this morning tasked to two separate incidents
Page Content: Initially the inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Dover Coastguard to assist with the recovery of a body from the beach below Beachy Head cliffs. An abandoned car was discovered at the famous beauty spot yesterday afternoon and despite a thorough search of the area by the cliff rescue team no one was found. The casualty was eventually spotted from the cliff top early this morning. This incident is not connected to the tragic loss of the young man from Newhaven earlier this week.
 
Whilst the volunteer crew were dealing with this incident Dover Coastguard were receiving telephone calls from members of the public alerting them to a developing situation off Eastbourne pier. Two kayakers were observed in the water frantically waving for assistance. With the ILB already on service it was necessary to launch the all-weather lifeboat to assist. When on scene the lifeboat found that one of the kayakers had managed to clamber back aboard his craft but his companion, unable to follow, was clinging onto the craft whilst his colleague attempted to paddle. The kayaker in the water was recovered to the safety of the ALB where his condition was assessed by the lifeboat paramedic. Despite being in the water for over 30 minutes further medical care was not required. The ALB stood by as the kayak returned to the beach where it was met by mobile coastguard officers. The other kayaker returned to Sovereign Harbour aboard the ALB.     

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Byline: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat crew have now officially moved out of the existing boathouse as the contractors prepare to start demolition work of the 104 year old building.
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The existing building is due to be demolished to make way for the new lifeboat station which will house the new £2.7 million Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Kiwi’. The new station has been specially designed to be very sensitive to the local surroundings and will be built on the site of the present day station.
During the building phase the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteers will continue saving lives off the Anglesey coast as they will be operating from a temporary facility close to the old station and will be able to respond to any emergencies when they are required.
The Last ever shout from the existing building was on Monday (28th Oct) when the Moelfre RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to the aid of three people in the sea off Benllech after their sailing dinghy had capsized. Despite arriving at the scene swiftly the crew of the dinghy had re- righted their boat and were all onboard and unhurt. 
Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station volunteer press officer Dave Massey said:
‘As much as I am saddened to see such an iconic lifeboat station pulled down, and this is undoubtedly a station with a rich history and has seen some of the bravest lifeboat crews launching from here being awarded numerous RNLI medals and awards for gallantry. I am extremely excited about our new station as this modern boathouse will house the next Moelfre RNLI lifeboats and crews for generations to come and allow its volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews to continue saving lives at sea. The future is certainly very bright for the RNLI in Moelfre’.
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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 last ever Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteers to launch on a rescue from the existing building. Daniel Pritchard, Dave Massey and Vincent Jones.
• Attached is an image of The Moelfre lifeboat station which has stood for 104 years and is due to be demolished soon.
 • You can donate towards our £100,000 boathouse appeal by visiting
http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/RNLIMoelfre
  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 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

New-RNLI-scheme-helps-sea-anglers-stay-safe

Byline: A new pilot scheme created by the RNLI is aiming to help keep sea anglers safe while they enjoy their sport.
Page Content: Last year 11 sea anglers tragically lost their lives while fishing in the UK* and the RNLI responded to over 1,200 incidents involving anglers.

The RNLI is working with bait and tackle shops to pilot a Retail Ambassador Scheme, in which the charity helps the shops give their customers safety advice.

Chris Adams, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, said: ‘The fine line between rescue and tragedy only goes to highlight the importance of raising awareness of the risks involved in the sport. Our new scheme helps shops take a lead role in protecting anglers by providing relevant local safety advice and information to their angling communities.

‘It is not about preventing people fishing from rocks or exposed shorelines, but helping them take the right steps to enjoy their sport safely. We’re asking people to reduce their chances of getting into trouble by preparing for the possibility that they might – that way we hope anglers will be ready in case the worst happens.’

The scheme encourages anglers to take simple precautions to protect themselves while enjoying their sport. It also covers what to do if the worst happens and they end up in the water; how to call for help and what to do in those crucial minutes between falling in the water and the lifeboat arriving.

There are some simple things that anglers can do to keep themselves safe:

• If you’re fishing from a boat or from exposed or rocky shoreline, wear a lifejacket
• Check the weather and tides before you head out
• Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back
• Carry a means of calling for help
• If you’re fishing from a boat, keep it well maintained, check your engine and carry spare fuel.

*Statistics taken from the National Water Safety Forum’s Water Incident Database (WAID).

Notes to editors

The scheme is running in five shops across in England, Wales and Scotland, they are:
• Anglers Corner, Milford Haven
• Tavenor’s Boat Yard, Preston
• Geoff’s Bait and Tackle, Rhyl
• Wessex Gun and Tackle, Poole
• Glasgow Angling Centre

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.