Apr 30

Helensburgh-RNLI-Lifeboat-attends-report-of-Small-Dinghy-Adrift-in-the-River-Cly

Byline: Shortly after 3pm on Tuesday 29th April Belfast Coastguard received a report of what was thought to be either a small red dinghy or jetski adrift in the River Clyde channel near Langbank.
Page Content: It was agreed that Helensburgh lifeboat would investigate.  
During a search of the area the lifeboat crew located a derelict jetski secured to a moored vessel close to Newark Castle. The crew of the vessel had found it drifting in the river and had recovered it. Clearly the jetski had not been used for some time as there was no engine and all fittings had been removed. 
The jetski was taken back to Rhu where the lifeboat was ready for service again at 1645 hours.

Apr 28

Varied-weekend-for-Eastbourne-lifeboats

Byline: An award presentation to a crewman, entertaining the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, a demonstration for Sky TV and a callout, all in a busy weekend for the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats.
Page Content: On Friday Deputy Second Coxswain Ian Stringer received an award in the Good Neighbour/Unsung Hero category at the Eastbourne Achievers Awards ceremony. Unable to attend the actual ceremony, Ian was presented with the award prior to Sunday’s training exercise from the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, Councillor Colin Belsey, who was visiting the station. Councillor Belsey, a long term supporter of Eastbourne Lifeboats, then joined the crew aboard Diamond Jubilee for a short trip along the coast.
 
Meanwhile the Fish4Kids event was being staged off the beach near the Eastbourne Angling Club with Sky TV in attendance. Both lifeboats staged a ‘man overboard’ demonstration for the competitors and their parents before continuing their training exercise off Beachy Head.

Later in the day a 35ft motor cruiser got into difficulties when it ran out of fuel dangerously close inshore. Initially the crew of the stricken vessel were unable to identify their exact position. The all-weather lifeboat was launched as Dover Coastguard continued in their endeavours to trace the vessel. Eventually they were found in a position close inshore off Hastings. As a result of obtaining this new information Eastbourne ALB was stood down and returned to station and our flank station at Hastings was tasked to deal with the emergency. The stricken motor cruiser was eventually towed into the safety of Sovereign Harbour.

Apr 28

Moelfre-RNLI-Lifeboat-Station-set-to-receive-generous-donation-from-fundraiser

Byline: A remarkable man who has raised thousands of pounds for the Moelfre RNLI is taking on his toughest challenge yet. The intrepid fundraiser is walking 430 miles and climbing over 126,000 feet, an ascent equivalent to over 4 times the height of Mt. Everest!
Page Content: Adrian Clark, 48, a podiatrist from Lancashire has decided to take on the challenge of climbing all of Wainwright’s 214 lofty peaks as listed in his series of fell walker’s guides, “A pictorial guide to the Lakeland fells”.

Incredibly Adrian is hoping to conquer all these hills, fells and mountains in a period of just ten months. He is undertaking this marathon event to raise vital funds which will go to the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station £100K appeal fund.

Adrian said:

‘On average a completer would take around ten years to tick off all 214 Wainwright peaks. I decided to set myself a target of ten months beginning 22nd August 2013. Luckily, it’s been a reasonably mild winter, but I’ve had to battle strong winds, relentless rain and cruel ascents. I hope to raise £1000 towards the Moelfre R.N.L.I £100k appeal for the new mechanics workshop within the brand new Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station.

I have been a lifelong supporter of the lifesaving charity and over the years have become good friends with the volunteer Moelfre lifeboat crew. I really do admire the vital lifesaving work they all do and I am committed to raising as much money for their worthy cause as I can.’

Adrian is no stranger to physical challenges in recent years has completed the Menai Straights swim, the 125 mile Anglesey Coastal Path and the Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk all in aid of Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station.


Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station volunteer press officer Dave Massey said:

‘What Adrian is attempting is truly remarkable, over the past few years he has raised thousands of pounds for the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station. As a volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew we are all overwhelmed by his dedication, enthusiasm and generosity. All the vital money raised by Adrian from this unbelievable feat will go directly to the Moelfre lifeboat station appeal, named “Ty i’r Tamar”. The appeal was officially launched in October 2013 to raise £100,000 towards the mechanics workshop. Adrian is hoping to present a cheque at this year’s Moelfre lifeboat day which is held on Saturday August 16th’.

 If you would like to donate and show your support to Adrian and this worthwhile cause then please email Adrian at adyclark@gmail.com or there are sponsorship forms in the Kinmel Arms public house, 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 Adrian Clark during his challenge along with some of the Poole RNLI lifeboat crew.
• This 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

Apr 25

Two-calls-in-one-evening-for-Ramsgate

Byline: Ramsgate RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew were called out twice during the evening of Thursday 24 April with first call coming minutes after the crew had assembled at the boathouse for a training exercise.
Page Content: At 5.40pm the all-weather lifeboat (AWB) was launched to a 14m Dutch yacht with engine failure at the end of the Ramsgate Approach Channel. The yacht, with 2 people on board, was unable to sail due to lack of wind. The AWB took the yacht under tow and brought it safely into the harbour. The yacht was originally heading for Dover but on suffering an overheating engine and with other vessels in the area decided to request immediate assistance.

At 8.58pm the inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched to a broken down jet ski between Dumpton Gap and Louisa Bay, Broadstairs which was reported by a member of the public who informed the local police. The police had the jet ski in sight and were able to assist the ILB crew in locating the casualty. The ILB attached a tow rope and safely took the jet ski and the person on board to Ramsgate main beach for recovery.

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
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/South East/East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 33678.

Apr 24

Join in and ‘Push the Boat Out’ at five clubs around Portsmouth

May is National Watersports Month and five sailing clubs in the Portsmouth area are hoping to get dozens of people out on the water on RYA Push the Boat Out weekend.
Apr 24

Join in and ‘Push the Boat Out’ at five clubs around Portsmouth

May is National Watersports Month and five sailing clubs in the Portsmouth area are hoping to get dozens of people out on the water on RYA Push the Boat Out weekend.
Apr 22

Yacht-rescued-by-Peel-RNLI-lifeboat

Byline: Peel lifeboat Ruby Clery and her volunteer crew were called out to rescue to rescue a local yacht on Saturday (19th.April)
Page Content:


At 4-30 pm on Saturday Peel crew were called to assist a local yacht that had got into difficulties whilst entering Peel harbour. The engine failed when approaching the harbour leaving the vessel without power to manoeuvre. The yacht was driven on to the rocks immediately adjacent to the lifeboat house. The Ruby Clery was launched and took the yacht in tow and moored it safely within the harbour. The two people on board the yacht were uninjured.


RNLI media contacts
For more information please Malcolm Kelly, RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer at Peel on 01624 842731 or 07624490251. Alternatively, please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager for the West on 01745 585162 or 07786 668829 or the RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

 

Picture by John Callister

 


Apr 19

Second-callout-in-24-hours-for-Rhyls-RNLI-lifeboats

Byline: A Speedboat with engine failure requested assistance as their main engine had failed, and the spare engine also had mechanical problems.
Page Content:

The volunteer crew of both of Rhyl's lifeboats were called out for the second time over the bank holiday weekend on Saturday 19th April at 2.48 PM, to help the speedboat with 5 anglers on board back to Rhyl harbour. The anglers were well equipped and were wearing lifejackets, but were unable to re-start both the main and the auxiliary engines. The All-weather lifeboat launched first and took the 5 men on board, transferring 1 lifeboat crew on to the casualty vessel. A tow was commenced back to Rhyl harbour.

The inshore lifeboat was also launched as the all-weather boat reached the harbour. The new Pont-Y-Ddraig bridge was raised to enable the boats to reach the new harbour slipway, where the inshore boat took the casualty to the slipway. The 5 anglers were landed at the upstream pontoon and re-united with their craft on the harbour quayside.

All being well, the incident was handed over to local coastguard teams and the lifeboats returned to station by 4.20pm.

Martin Jones, Rhyl lifeboat coxswain said " Although they were well equipped, it was unfortunate that both their engines failed. We are just happy that Rhyl's All-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat at the end, were able to assist"


Apr 19

Ramsgate-RNLIs-Easter-weekend-launches

Byline: Both Ramsgate RNLI's all-weather (AWB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats were called out over the Easter period to assist vessels in difficulty.
Page Content: The first launch was at 2.05pm on Maundy Thursday, 17th. April, when the AWB was called out to assist a 14m. Belgian yacht with engine failure that was attempting to enter Ramsgate Harbour. The yacht was met 3 miles east of Ramsgate where the lifeboat took it in tow and brought it and its 3 crew members safely into the harbour.  

The RNLI’s volunteer crew’s pagers next went off again at 9.39am on Saturday,19th. April when the ILB was launched to a yacht with electrical and mechanical power failure which had earlier run aground in the harbour entrance when trying to enter on a falling tide. After an initial attempt to free the yacht by the harbour staff failed the yacht’s crew put down their anchor to await the rising tide but as the tide made the anchor dragged and in the 15 knot north easterly wind the yacht quickly drifted towards the port's No.2 berth. With no yacht radio due to the electrics failure the Port Control noticed the danger and called out the ILB which reached the yacht when only metres away from going under the steelwork at the berth. The ILB crew got a line aboard the yacht and safely towed it and its crew into the 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
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/South East/East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 33678.

Apr 18

Rnli-Plymouth-lifeboat-Rescue-thirty-mile-out-at-sea1

Byline: The volunteer crew of the all weather Plymouth lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover responded to an early alert this morning (18 April)
Page Content:

All hands mustered at 7.45am to a received distress signal. An eight meter angling boat suffering with mechanical problems was adrift some 30 miles south east of Plymouth.

With a quick response, the RNLI lifeboat was dispatched on service to the casualty vessel. Upon arriving on scene, it was found that the angling boat with four people on board was unable to return to port under her own power and would require assistance. A tow was secured and taken up for the long journey back to the safety of Plymouth and Sutton Harbour.

The RNLI Plymouth lifeboat returned to her berth in Milbay Marina after six hours at sea. While always being on 24 hour standby,  this is the second rescue over the last few days for the local volunteer crews.  

Notes for Editors
For local Plymouth lifeboat information contact Barry Perrins. Plymouth Lifeboat press officer: 07790033796 barryperrins@yahoo.com RNLI Public Relations: 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk