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’.
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:
To support the £100,000 new Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station appeal
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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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