Mar 25

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Byline: Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Leonard Kent was in action overnight assisting a disabled fishing vessel off the north Kent coast.
Page Content: The 8.5m Whitstable based fishing vessel with two people on board, contacted Thames coastguard at Walton-on-Naze in Essex around midnight last night (Monday 24 March) reporting that they had run aground on the Hook Sands off Birchington on the north Kent coast. They had lost their rudder and required assistance.

Thames coastguard passed the information to Dover coastguard and Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist the craft. The lifeboat arrived on scene around 1.30am and was able to pull the fishing vessel into deeper water. It was then taken in tow to Whitstable harbour where, once sufficient water depth became available, was moored safely alongside. The lifeboat returned to Margate and was ready for service once again at 5.30am.



Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate


RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Mar 25

Aith-RNLI-lifeboat-crew-respond-to-single-Mayday-call

Byline: Crew from the Aith lifeboat were called out by the Shetland coastguard to respond to a single Mayday call from the sinking fishing boat Diamond (Tuesday 25 March)
Page Content: At 2:58 am Aith RNLI Lifeboat crew responded to a launch request by the Shetland Coastguard after a single Mayday distress call was heard. The scallop fishing boat Diamond had struck a rock on approach to the West Burrafirth pier on the west side of Shetland and she quickly capsized and sank. There were two people on board.

Another fishing vessel, the Diane Maxwell, was quickly on scene and recovered the first casualty from the water and administered CPR. The Walls volunteer Coastguard shore team were also on scene.

When the lifeboat arrived a life raft was found inflated, but empty.

The Aith lifeboat crew recovered the second casualty, who was wearing a survival suit, from the water. The casualty was wrapped in blankets and kept warm. The two vessels made their way to the West Burrafirth pier where both casualties were transferred to the Coastguard helicopter with a paramedic on board and flown to Lerwick for emergency medical assistance.

The Aith lifeboat was back at the Aith pier, refuelled and ready for service by 5:40 am.  

RNLI Media Contacts: Elizabeth Atia, volunteer lifeboat press officer for Aith, 07717 370942, email elizabethwark@hotmail.co.uk  or Richard Smith, public relations manager for Scotland, 07786 668903, email richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk 

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 coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 140 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.

Mar 24

Humber-and-Withernsea-RNLI-Rescue-Stricken-Divers

Byline: Humber and Withernsea RNLI Lifeboats were tasked to the aid of stricken divers yesterday, Sunday 23 March.
Page Content: At approximately 1150 the Humber Lifeboat had just been closed down after exercise when the coastguard contacted the crew requesting their immediate launch. Initial reports were that a Rib (rigid inflatable boat) used to support divers on their dives had broken down and was drifting without an effective anchor. The tasking was complicated by the fact that the Rib had two divers who were now separated from them with no way of being recovered..

The Lifeboat made best speed to the location of the rib knowing that the divers would need to be located quickly to ensure their safety. The Rib was located using the Lifeboats navigation equipment approximately 10 nautical miles East of Withernsea.

Dave Steenvoorden coxswain aboard the Humber Lifeboat said 

‘After arriving on scene with the rib the two crew aboard quickly indicated they were well and although the vessel was broken down our priority was to locate the divers, thankfully the divers had an emergency vhf radio and were able to be contacted once they had surfaced, they indicated that although they were adrift they were together, fit and well.’

Because the divers had this emergency vhf radio and coupled with all the information available to the lifeboat crew the lifeboat began searching and the divers were quickly located.

Dave continued

‘The RNLI’s Severn class Lifeboat is fitted with direction finding equipment and because of the signal from their vhf we had a course to follow to locate them, once we got closer the divers surface markers (large inflatable brightly coloured markers) were spotted by my crew and we were able to recover the divers from the water. ‘

Once the divers were aboard the lifeboat they were checked over and found to be well. The lifeboat returned to the rib and established a tow to take all casualties back to Withernsea. The Humber Lifeboat was then met by the RNLI crew from Withernsea who were able; with their smaller inshore Lifeboat, to take the Rib and all persons safely to the beach allowing the Humber crew to return to their Spurn Point station.

Dave concluded

‘The equipment that the Divers carried ensured a quick and very successful rescue, we would encourage all other recreational divers to ensure they are as well-equipped, the VHF and surface markers really were lifesavers.’

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MEDIA CONTACT

Benjamin Mitchell

Benjamin_mitchell@rnli.org.uk

or Ian Harms

ian_harms@rnli.org.uk

0194 650228

Notes to Editors

The RNLI is a charity that relies on voluntary contributions to keep their lifeboats doing their essential lifesaving work.

Humber Lifeboat operate a 17m All-Weather Severn Class Lifeboat

Withernsea lifeboat operate a small fully inflatable Inshore D class Lifeboat

DF or direction finding equipment uses VHF signal to indicate an approximate bearing (direction).

Surface markers are usually used by divers to indicate to their support Rib were they are going to surface.

Mar 21

Peterhead-crew-paged-to-escort-helicopter

Byline: The RNLI Peterhead Relief Tamar Lifeboat ‘Frank & Anne Wilkinson’ was paged to come to readiness on 20 March at 11.12 am with its volunteer crew to possibly escort a helicopter.
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It was believed that the helicoper, coming in from the North Sea, could have technical difficulties.

The helicopter successfully achieved landfall prior to the lifeboat leaving its berth, and subsequently the lifeboat was stood down at 11.30 am.

Peterhead Lifeboat is always interested to hear from anyone wishing to join the fund raising team, and the crew.  If you think you have some spare time to help raise funds to save lives at sea, or you have what it takes to be a member of the lifeboat crew,  then please contact us at Peterhead lifeboat station on 01779 473331.


RNLI media contacts:
For more information please telephone David Anderson, Peterhead RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07850 956130 or phdlifeboatlpo@aim.com , Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk , or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk  or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
 


Mar 20

Kayaker-rescue-at-Margate-sends-important-safety-message

Byline: The rescue of a kayaker by Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has drawn attention to the potential dangers of this increasingly popular pastime, sending out a message that could save lives.
Page Content: The alert was raised just after midday today (20 March) when a member of the public alerted coastguards at Dover to what appeared to be someone in difficulties in the sea off Westbrook Bay Margate. An object was seen floating nearby.

Margate’s inshore lifeboat was tasked and quickly arrived on scene where they located a man in the sea close to his kayak. He was taken on board the lifeboat and immediately taken back to the lifeboat station where he was handed over to the care of the South East Coast Ambulance Service. He was taken to QEQM Hospital at Margate suffering from suspected hypothermia. The lifeboat returned to the scene but was unable to find the kayak which is thought to have sunk.

The RNLI is currently carrying out research into the increasing number of kayak incidents, revealing some important early findings. Guy Addington, RNLI Divisional Sea Safety Manager, who was also a member of the lifeboat crew on this occasion said: “The RNLI have found that 90% of incidents involving kayakers were reported by people ashore. Drawing attention to your plight if you enter the sea from your craft is absolutely vital and we urge people to carry some form of communication, either a marine VHF radio or even a mobile phone in a watertight bag. It is also vital that this should be kept on your person and not located within the kayak itself”



Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate


RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Mar 19

End-of-an-era-at-Arklow-Irelands-oldest-RNLI-Lifeboat-Station

Byline: On Friday (28 February) Arklows longest serving operations volunteer Mr Jimmy Tyrrell, Lifeboat Operations Manager(Former) formally retired from his position. Jimmy has been at the helm at Arklow for 46 years.
Page Content: Jimmy's  dedication to the role was well known right across the RNLI(Ireland & England). People came from far and near to mark the occasion, with messages from people who were unable to attend.
Jimmy is  hugely respected person within the Arklow Community and in the Irish and UK Lifeboating and Maritime community.

The event took place at a bustling Arklow Sailing Club. With standing room only all of the various people from far and wide stood up and spoke of their interactions with Jimmy down the years.
 Finally Jimmy took the floor and spoke “briefly”  about his 46 years as a volunteer at Irelands oldest RNLI Lifeboat station, he took us through the history of the station and his familiy’s long association with it, right up to date with his delight at having the RNLI’s newest lifeboat named for the River Shannon and the recently published book by Jim Rees, “ To the Banks & Beyond” a History of Arklow Lifeboat station

Towards the end of his speech Jimmy formally handed over his Pager to Mr. John Tyrrell who has taken over as Lifeboat Operations Manager. Jimmy was treated to a standing ovation.

An emotional Jimmy wished John and all of our volunteers  the very best of luck and said

“Without the support of our lifeboating familes, spouses and friends, our volunteers cannot give of themselves-thank you to all of our families”



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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email mark@aslsafety.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.ie  News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.ie/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 Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard 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.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)

Mar 19

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Byline: Children have a fundraising event at school following visit to the lifeboat station
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Pupils and teachers at Ysgol Glan Gele, Abergele,North Wales, were recently given a conducted tour around Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station by volunteer Lifeboat Education and Visits Officer Derek Denton. He showed the party around the lifeboats and their equipment, and gave a detailed talk on the boats and the boathouse.

As a thank you to the crews of the RNLI, and especially Rhyl volunteers, the children organised a fundraising event at the school, and raised over £181 to go towards the upkeep and maintainance of the lifeboats at Rhyl. Derek was invited to the school, and came along with volunteer crew probationer Dougie Lonsdale, to accept the cheque on behalf of the RNLI.

Derek says " We are really grateful to the pupils and staff at Ysgol Glan Gele for their hard work to raise funds for the RNLI. As a charity, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations, and I am glad the pupils had a good time at the station, and hopefully learned some sea safety tips"


Mar 19

Death-of-Rhyl-station-Chairman-Eric-Davies

Byline: The officials, officers, fundraisers and crew at Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station were saddened today to hear of the passing of their chairman, Eric davies, JP, BEM
Page Content:

Eric had been the chairman of the Rhyl RNLI station branch for many years. He passed away peacefully at Dolanog Residential home in Rhyl on Wednesday 19th March 2014, after a period of illness.

Eric was a previous Rhyl councillor and town Mayor, and always had a soft spot for the RNLI and it's volunteers, collecting on Flag Days, and officiating at naming ceremonies and Open days with great gusto.

The funeral will be at St. Anne's Church on Vale rd Rhyl at 1200 on Friday 28th March, followed by interment in the Rhyl cemetary on Dyserth rd, Rhyl. Friends are invited to take refreshments at the Rhyl Rugby Club on Vale rd, Rhyl, after the funeral. The crew hope to provide a fitting guard of honour to a true supporter and servant of Rhyl.


Mar 19

Inspired-to-run-the-London-Marathon-for-the-RNLI

Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is celebrating an inspirational group of people running for the charity in the Virgin Money London Marathon this year.
Page Content: They include a Naval Officer, a heart attack survivor and even a real superhero. And it’s not too late for those with a place in the race to choose to run in aid of the charity that saves lives at sea.

Offering the chance to achieve that elusive personal best while helping out the charity that saves 22 people per day, all of this year’s RNLI runners have their own moving stories of support including:

• Simon Hansen - a Warrant Officer 2nd Class Weapon Engineer in the Royal Navy, who has been training while on deployment on board HMS Westminster. Simon has been running marathons since 2009, though this year his training had to be conducted on board the ship, which involves running laps around the upper deck.

• Lee Popplewell – a heart attack survivor who has fought to regain his fitness over the last 18 months to run the London Marathon.

• Sara Elliot – a mother whose son was rescued by an RNLI group when he and his friends became cut off on a rocky outcrop by the approaching tide.

• Kate Bull – the sister of a helicopter crash survivor who was rescued at sea as part of a multi-agency effort last August.

• Charlotte Tallack and Peta Cornish – childhood friends running in support of Charlotte’s father Robert Lindsey Tallack who died in a tragic sea accident in 2011.

• John Figiel – the organiser of a three-man team who, dressed as superheroes, will be running the London Marathon, Great North Run and a 35-mile ultra-marathon this year followed by (and in preparation for) a 400-mile run in August 2015 from Norfolk to Newcastle. Completing approximately one marathon a day for 18 days, the run will finish with the 2015 Great North Run with the aim of raising £10,000 for the RNLI.

Those running for the RNLI can find inspirational ideas and RNLI fundraising packs at www.rnli.org.uk/howtosupportus and swap training tips @RNLI using the #VMLM hashtag.

For those who would like to donate to these runners through their Justgiving.com pages below:
www.virginmoneygiving.com/SaraElliott
http://www.justgiving.com/Peta-Cornish,
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charlotteTallack
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeePopplewell4theRNLI
virginmoneygiving.com/greatsuperherorun

Notes to editors
For more information or images of the above case studies contact Joanna Dey, PR Officer (Campaigns) on joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336064. Or contact pressoffice@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336789.

Mar 17

Every-second-spent-falling-is-a-life-saved-–-join-the-skydive-World-Record-with

Byline: The RNLI is offering the chance for supporters to help break the World Record for the most tandem skydives in one day on 14 June.
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Aiming for a World Record of at least 200 participants, with 40 RNLI places available at sites across the UK, sign up before 11 April to take part.

Those who raise £400 in sponsorship can skydive for free while at least £140 is donated directly to the RNLI.                      

The RNLI’s courageous volunteers saved 325 lives at sea in 2013, which roughly equates to the number of seconds spent falling back to Earth from 10,000 feet up.

Leesa Harwood, Director of Fundraising and Communications says: ‘It’s so exciting to be involved in setting a brand new World Record and we’re expecting to receive a lot of interest from those wanting to take part. From 10,000 feet up, it’s easy to be reminded that we are an island nation.’

Funds raised will help the charity volunteer crews continue saving lives at sea. Those brave enough to take on the challenge can do so at a selection of jump sites across the UK including Lancaster, Salisbury, Cambridgeshire and Nottingham.

Visit www.rnli.org.uk/worldrecordjump to sign up.

RNLI media contacts
Joanna Dey, PR Officer (Campaigns) on joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336064. Or contact pressoffice@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336789.