Byline: A fish and chip supper at Deanland Wood Park, organised by long term supporter Frank Wellbelove, raised a staggering £1000 for Eastbourne lifeboats.
Page Content: Over recent years Frank has been raising funds for Eastbourne lifeboats by organising raffles and suppers at Deanland Wood Park and this latest donation, with added gift aid, amounts to almost £12,000 in total. A governor of the RNLI for approaching 30 years, Frank has received a number of accolades for his dedication and commitment to supporting Eastbourne RNLI. Picture shows Frank presenting the cheque to Operations Manager Paul Metcalfe and Coxswain Mark Sawyer. 


Byline: The RNLI Flood Rescue Team have today (Sunday 16 February) been asked to assist with the flood relief effort in Somerset.
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The team of 15 volunteers will be providing public safety advice, support and reassurance.  

Two teams, made up of lifeboat station volunteers from Wales and Somerset have been sent to the Taunton area of the county.  Whilst there is not considered to be a major threat to life in this region, the RNLI Flood Rescue Team (FRT) are specially trained in dealing with swift water, which behaves differently to sea water, and the challenges that it presents. 

The team also possess specialist equipment that enable them to work in flooded environments.  Traditionally, the FRT are called upon to assist in search and rescue during a flood incident, however, given the unprecedented size and scale of this incident and the anticipated duration, the charity is assisting those communities affected in a ‘relief’ role, alongside other emergency services. 

Robin Goodlad, Flood Response Manager at the RNLI, said: ‘At a time when much of the country is suffering the effects of heavy rain and widespread flooding, the RNLI is pleased to be asked by the Fire and Rescue Service National Co-ordination Centre (FRSNCC) to assist with helping local communities get back on their feet – whether that’s taking supplies, helping people from their homes or making areas safe.’ 

Co-ordination of flood response in the UK is managed by the Fire and Rescue Service, with the RNLI and other teams on standby as a ‘second tier’ of relief, should the teams require it.  

On Friday two teams of RNLI volunteers were sent to the flood hit county of Berkshire, where they provided assistance and guidance to the local residents. 

Those teams have now been stood down and will return to Poole this afternoon, before returning home. This news release will be updated with images and video as we receive it.


RNLI media contacts
For queries outside of office hours, contact the Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789​​


Byline: New recruits are needed for ‘Britain’s best summer job’ – beach lifeguarding for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Page Content: Recruitment opened nationally on February 1 for this summer’s crop of beach lifeguards. Candidates will need to prove they are courageous, selfless, trustworthy and dependable to make the grade and win the right to keep the public safe on our beaches this year.

In return they will receive world class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, as well as boosting their CV’s with invaluable skills that will wow future employers.

Recruits will also be trained in using the latest lifesaving equipment including rescue boards, rescue tubes and defibrillators.

Brett Shepherd, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: ‘I think working as a lifeguard has got to be Britain’s best summer job. Of course it’s incredible to be able to call the beach your office but far more importantly than that, you could save a life this summer. And the skills you’ll learn will benefit you for the rest of your life.

‘But make no mistake. This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head. We want people with the courage, determination and good sense to draw on their training and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger.’

The RNLI is looking for individuals who possess an internationally recognised beach lifeguard qualification. A series of courses hosted by the RNLI and local lifesaving clubs will be held in the coming weeks and months to enable people to get this qualification. Although this does not guarantee a job as an RNLI lifeguard, individuals must also be fit and healthy and be strong swimmers.

Brett added: ‘Attendance on these courses does not guarantee a job as an RNLI lifeguard during summer 2014, but those who pass and display the qualities we are looking for will be in a strong position.’

RNLI lifeguards patrol over 200 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. Last year they saved 100 lives, rescued 1,567 people and responded to more than 19,500 incidents.

New and returning lifeguards can find out more about applying for a job this summer on the RNLI’s beach lifeguard web pages. Also visit the RNLI’s lifeguard recruitment pages at


Byline: Easter Ross Fundraiser Pat Richardson, an avid member of the Easter Ross Fundraising Branch for over 10 years, put her thinking cap on to come up with something unique to help the Invergordon Lifeboat Station celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
Page Content: With
visits to the station and the last branch meeting inspiring her with the
pictures on the crew room wall, Pat had an idea.


from 100% cotton with embroidery embellishments, measuring roughly 5 feet by 6
feet Pat had created a masterpiece.


outstanding cotton quilt, of the Invergordon Trent Class Lifeboat ‘Douglas
Aikman Smith’ at sea, initially taken from a picture she had seen on the

The finished
piece was unveiled at the Easter Ross Fundraising Branch AGM on 5th
February, with taking 8 weeks to complete, the quilt received a warm welcome by
all members of the Fundraising Branch.

Invergordon Lifeboat
Station and Fundraising Press Officer Michael MacDonald said, ”The talent and
effort Pat has put into this project, is simply staggering and with so much
detail and all hand sewn this deserves all the recognition it can get and would
like this opportunity to thank Pat for all her hard work over the 8 weeks it
took to create”


Pat now
from Alness was born on Poole Quay, just along the road from where the RNLI
College & Headquarters is situated 77 years ago so the RNLI was something,
which she always had an interest in, often doing crafted knitting to help raise
funds over the years.


Byline: On Friday 7th February 2014 the ladies of the Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat Fundraising Committee raised a record amount of over £4,000 cooking and serving a curry supper to over 120 guests.
Page Content: Entertainment was provided by two crew members, Pete Tindal (who won) and Yan Jordan,  racing to kit out in Lifeboat all weather clothing.  The crew are expected to be dressed and the lifeboat launched in a target time of 8 minutes from the time their pagers go off in their homes, so speed in kitting out is essential and should take less than a minute. 


Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has opened its new national touring exhibition Hope in the Great War in Cromer.
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Commemorating the centenary of World War One (WW1) and funded by Arts Council England, the free-to-attend charity exhibition honours the bravery of RNLI volunteers who risked their lives to save others.

Open to the public at the Henry Blogg Museum in Norfolk until 28 February, Hope in the Great War has begun a 4-year tour of RNLI and other museums and RNLI lifeboat stations, highlighting the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people who volunteered for the RNLI throughout the war years. The exhibition offers an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the work of RNLI volunteers during WW1 that brought hope to those in need of rescue at sea.

Drawing on the RNLI’s close partnership with local communities, the exhibition comprises a collection of original artworks which illustrate each of the six stories featured. Visitors can solve a stained glass interactive puzzle designed and created by junior members of the 1st Cromer Sea Scouts, construct a giant jigsaw created from a stunning collection of original artworks by the Whitby Art Society and watch a creative animation made by the Fraserburgh Sea Cadets. There’s also a podcast by the Horton and Port Eynon lifeboat crew, audible from the handset of a period telephone, an on-screen dramatic narration by the Baltimore Drama Group and an intricate story quilt created by the Falmouth Lighthouse Quilters. Visitors can also don a nautical hat and take a photo to share online using the hashtag #RNLIhope.

Heritage Project Co-ordinator, Becky Fletcher says: ‘We are delighted to have opened our doors to this fantastic new exhibition.’

‘The journey from project conception to rescue story research and collaboration with local groups around the UK has been insightful, humbling and testament to the memory of these heroic rescues that are still very close to the hearts of coastal communities today.’

The exhibition was made possible by an Arts Council England grant of £78,200 awarded to the RNLI in order to share more widely the role of the charity’s coastal community volunteers during WW1 to help mark the centenary.

The lifeboat services to feature within the exhibition include:

• Cromer RNLI lifeboat’s rescue of the Pyrin and Fernebo, which saw 33 people saved from the sea on 9 January 1917.
• The 1914 Whitby RNLI lifeboat rescue of the wrecked hospital ship HMHS Rohilla which saw 144 people saved from the sea.
• Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat’s rescue of the steamer SS Glenravel which saw 14 people saved from the sea on 8 August 1915.
• RNLI Port Eynon lifeboat’s service to the Dunvegan that took place 1 January 1916.
• The saving of 20 lives from the tanker Ponus on 3 November 1916 by Falmouth RNLI lifeboat crew and service men.
• The rescue of 23 survivors from the SS Alondra which was wrecked on the Kedge Rock off Baltimore on 29 December 1916 by Baltimore volunteers together with two Royal Naval trawlers.

Exhibition tour dates for 2014:

4-28 February: RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer
5-20 April: RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh
2-25 May: Lifeboat College, Poole
June: Carrrickfergus Museum, Northern Ireland
23 July – 31 August: Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby
September – October: Pontypool Museum, Wales

Notes to editors
More information on the rescues featured in the exhibition is available via the RNLI contacts listed.

Photos available for all six rescues featured in the exhibition can be viewed or downloaded here:

RNLI PR office contact:
Joanna Dey on 01202 336064;


Byline: With further storms set to hit UK and Irish shores in the next week the RNLI would like to remind everyone of the dangers of breaking waves around our coastline.
Page Content: Extreme wave heights combined with high tides have made some normal coastal activities we take for granted significantly more risky; the force of surging water or breaking waves can easily knock you over and quickly drag you out of their depth.

Pip Hare RNLI Coastal Safety Manager said :‘Those particularly at risk from these conditions are walkers on beaches or harbour walls when the water is high, spectators looking at the waves who get too close as well as anglers fishing from rocks or exposed headlands.  With wave over 10m forecast in the South West this evening areas which you may have considered to be safe before could be underwater when large waves come ashore.

‘If you are planning a coastal activity, our advice is to watch the shore from a safe distance and assess the conditions; think about the risk before deciding if  you need to go closer.’


Byline: The first of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) newest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, will arrive at Dungeness lifeboat station in Kent on Friday 21 February 2014.
Page Content: The Shannon is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, making it the most agile all-weather lifeboat in the charity’s fleet. The lifeboat’s water jets not only ensure it is the RNLI’s most manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat, but they also allow the Shannon to reach casualties in harder to reach places and in shallower waters.

Capable of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50% faster than the lifeboats it will replace – meaning casualties will be reached quicker.

The media event will run from 11.30am, with the new lifeboat due to arrive by sea at Dungeness at 1pm. Media will be able to carry out interviews and tour the RNLI’s Relief Fleet Shannon class lifeboat, the Jock and Annie Slater, before the station’s Shannon lifeboat, The Morrell, arrives at 1pm.

The event at Dungeness lifeboat station on Friday 21 February will provide media with the opportunity to:
• See the Dungeness Shannon, The Morrell, arrive at the lifeboat station
• See The Morrell perform a variety of manoeuvres, demonstrating its agility
• Benefit from extremely close filming/photography opportunities, with the Shannon being operated in the sea just metres away from the media’s location on the beach
• See The Morrell being launched and recovered onto the beach by its bespoke launch and recovery system
• Go on board the Relief Fleet Shannon, Jock and Annie Slater, inside the lifeboat station
• A variety of interview opportunities will be available, including:
  o Members of the Dungeness lifeboat crew
  o Peter Eyre, RNLI Senior Engineer, who designed the Shannon’s unique hull
  o Senior members of staff from the RNLI’s Operations and Engineering teams
  o Jackie Simmons, a close friend of Mrs Barbara Morrell, whose extremely kind legacy funded Dungeness’ Shannon class lifeboat

Notes to editors
• To book your place at this media event, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email

• Due to the uneven and rugged shingle terrain, the fast moving tides and the anticipated high number of media attending the event, we are unable to offer the opportunity for media to go afloat on the Shannon at Dungeness on Friday 21 February. However, members of the media may be able to go afloat on a Shannon class lifeboat on Tuesday 11 February at RNLI HQ, Poole. Content from this day will be embargoed until 00.01am on Friday 21 February 2014. To request the opportunity to go afloat on the Shannon on this date, please contact Luke Blissett on the above details.

• Any media that attend this event at Dungeness should wear suitable clothing/footwear. The shingle beach at Dungeness is very uneven and to go aboard the Dungeness Shannon you may have to climb up a ladder.


Byline: The Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club continued their long standing support of Eastbourne lifeboats with another generous donation at their recent monthly meeting.
Page Content: In total, £2000 was donated to local charities during the club’s monthly meeting at the Red Lion in Stone Cross following last Augusts successful Hellingly Festival of Transport, an event which has raised more than £100,000 for good causes in its 38 year history.

EHVC secretary David Bone said, “Plans are well in hand for this year’s event and we are expecting another bumper turnout plus hopefully some dryer weather”. Accepting a cheque for £750 Eastbourne lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer thanked the club for their continued support which he said will enable one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the country to continue their lifesaving work. 


Byline: Padstow lifeboat and her volunteer crew launched yesterday (1 February 2014) just after 4pm to assist a French trawler that was in difficulty amongst waves described as 30ft plus and wind gusting to 60mph.
Page Content: The crew of the trawler had to leave the vessel and take to the water in their survival suits because the sea state was too bad for the rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose to lift them from the deck of their vessel.

Five of the crew were picked up from the water by the Royal Navy rescue helicopter and the skipper was picked up by the RNLI lifeboat from Padstow. All six crew were brought ashore.

Padstow lifeboat 2nd Coxswain Richard Pitman said, ‘A great deal of credit must go the winch-man on the helicopter, the heavy sea conditions made his job very difficult as he was dragged in and out of the water with the rise and fall of the sea.

‘The conditions were challenging and it was a difficult rescue for all involved, we are pleased to have been able to assist.’

The fishing vessel had been struck by several large waves, causing them to lose power and steering. They were drifting approximately five miles off Trevose Head when Padstow lifeboat and the Royal Navy rescue helicopter were called to their aid.


1. Padstow lifeboat launching to the incident (credit: Mel Price)
2. Padstow lifeboat in the challenging sea conditions (credit :Mel Price)

RNLI media contacts:

Mel Price, volunteer press officer, 07860 835435,

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager for southwest England, 01752 850663, 07786 668847,

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789