Byline: The earliest example of the RNLI’s iconic ‘RIB’ (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) has been saved from the scrap-heap and fully restored, and is undertaking an historic journey from Atlantic College, Llantwit Major, to Bexhill on Sea.
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Once there it will take centre stage at an exhibition in the famous De La Warr Pavilion. The prototype craft arrived in Dartmouth in the afternoon of 28 June, having travelled from Falmouth at an average speed of 17 knots and was met by the Dart RNLI inshore lifeboat. The RIB left the following day to proceed to Bridport.

When Admiral Desmond Hoare designed the revolutionary craft with his small team of Atlantic College students in the 1960’s, he could never have guessed the boat would lead to the launch of countless similar vessels throughout the world, saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

The college sold the patent for the ‘RIB’ design to the RNLI for £1, which led to the development of inshore lifeboats around the UK, naval rescue boats throughout the world and highly sophisticated racing craft.
The RIB is often the first boat on the scene at natural disasters worldwide. It is one of the most successful boats in sea faring history.  It is also a familiar sight in Hollywood movies such as the recent Captain Phillips.

The RNLI went on from this design to develop the B class (Atlantic 21, 75 and 85) Students from Atlantic College manned a successful RNLI station for many years.
Now Atlantic College hopes to be pioneers in the field of water rescue once again by designing the most effective flood rescue vessel in existence. They aim to kick-start this project with funds raised by this historic voyage. “With the increase of risk from flooding, globally we are seeing a greater need for expertise in the search and rescue of people affected,” said Robin Jenkins, RNLI crew member and curator of the exhibition.

This expedition is taking place between the 25th of June and the 5th of July covering 550 miles of the South West English coastline. This 4 metre-long boat will carry two members of crew, flanked by a fibreglass copy of the original. On arrival at Bexhill by Sea, a celebration will take place to mark the beginning of the exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion where the boat will be the main attraction, alongside a history of the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat.

The information for this press release was mainly derived from the Atlantic College press release issued by Robin Jenkins to accompany the voyage.


Byline: A report of a possible missing swimmer, and children chasing seagulls into the sea led to a busy afternoon for the crew of Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat yesterday (Sunday 30 June).
Page Content: Coastguards at Dover received concurrent calls reporting four children chasing an injured seagull into the sea at the Winter Gardens, close to the lifeboat station and also concern for a possible missing swimmer at West Bay Westgate. Margate’s inshore lifeboat was tasked and quickly established that the four children were safe ashore, the local coastguard unit provided safety advice to the children.

The lifeboat then made its way to Westgate where after liaising with RNLI lifeguards on duty in the bay established that a local concession holder had reported seeing two swimmers in the sea but subsequently loosing site of the second one. A search of the immediate area got under way involving the lifeboat, lifeguards and local coastguards. Dover coastguard meanwhile called in an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter from Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk to assist in the search. After nearly an hour of intensive searching all units were stood-down the call being considered a false alarm with good intent.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority said: “Fortunately the quick and precise information provided by the first informant allowed the search to be concentrated in a relatively small area which the lifeboat, lifeguards, helicopter and coastguard were able to cover intensely. We encourage people who think they see someone in difficulties at sea not to hesitate and dial 999 and ask for coastguard immediately, second can count in these situations”.

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


Byline: Ramsgate RNLI’s all-weather (AWB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats were both launched over the weekend to three separate incidents.
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The first of the call outs was at 5.23pm on Saturday 28 June when the AWB launched to assist an 8m yacht with a fouled propeller, 7 miles north east of Ramsgate with two people on board. The yacht was safely towed into Ramsgate Harbour.

The second call, at 8.17am on Sunday 29 June, was also for the AWB which was launched to assist a local fishing boat with engine failure, 2 miles off Ramsgate and with two crew on board. The boat and crew were safely towed into the harbour.

The final weekend call out, also on Sunday, at 11.37am was for the ILB which was launched, at the request of the Coastguard, to assist in the search along the River Stour for a 16 year old who had been missing since the previous night in that area. The ILB crew carried out an extensive search from the river entrance, beyond Sandwich, and as far up river as the village of Plucks Gutter. Finding nothing the ILB and crew were released by the Coastguard and returned to station.

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/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


Byline: On Saturday the lifeboat was launched at 5.32pm to a report of two inflatable dinghies with three adults and four children onboard being blown offshore from Western Esplanade, Herne Bay.
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The lifeboat crew arrived at the scene to find that the dinghies had been towed ashore by a passing jet skier. A lifeboat crewmember went ashore to check that all casualties were well and accounted for before the lifeboat returned to station. The occupants of the dinghies had paddled out further than they realised and were unable to return to the shore.

The lifeboat was launched again on Sunday morning at 5.45am to assist a broken down angling dory with two persons onboard reported as being 1-1/2 miles off the King’s Hall, Herne Bay.

The lifeboat located the casualty vessel at anchor a ½-mile north east of the King’s Hall and a lifeboat crewmember went aboard to assist with the tow back to Neptune Jetty, Herne Bay where the craft and its occupants who both come from Whitstable  were landed into the care of the Herne Bay Coastguard.

The craft had suffered a jammed starter solenoid.

Notes to editors:

The Whitstable lifeboat station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 235 lifeboat stations around the shores of Great Britain and Ireland.

The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.

The station is equipped with an Atlantic 75 lifeboat named Oxford Town and Gown in recognition of the fact that she was paid for by the people of Oxford after a fund raising campaign by the Oxford Branch of the RNLI.

She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson or tube. The lifeboat is 7.5m long and the twin 70hp engines give her a top speed of 32 knots with an endurance of 3 hours. She carries a crew of 3.
RNLI media contacts
• Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
07741 012004/ nativephoto@hotmail.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 336789


Byline: A NEW RNLI station building costing about £500,000 has been officially opened by the charity
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The station is at Port Askaig on Islay, close to the ferry terminal and not far from the previous lifeboat station. The development coincides with the RNLI’s 80th anniversary on the island.

The ceremony took place on Sunday 29 June when Hamish Campbell, chairman of the Islay Lifeboat Management Group, opened the service.

Merchant banker Bruno Schroder, who lives on the Dunlossit estate on Islay, handed over the building on behalf of all the donors. The present lifeboat is the Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II, provided by a Schroder family trust. The lifeboat is named after Bruno’s father.

Johnny Bergius, an RNLI Council member, accepted the building and handed it over to the lifeboat station.  It was accepted by Islay McEachern, the Lifeboat Operations Manager and then officially opened by 99-year-old Lily MacDougall, aunt of Mr McEachern.

The redevelopment is a substantial investment by the RNLI, made possible through the generosity of several supporters.

Those who contributed to the new RNLI building include the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust – The RNLI said, ‘The trustees have discretion to make awards to any one, or more , of six charities named in the original trust deed, and this includes the RNLI.
‘We are therefore fortunate to have received support for a wide range of projects in Scotland, including the redevelopment of Islay Lifeboat Station.’

The Hugh Fraser Foundation was another sizeable contributor. The Foundation has previously funded a lifeboat at Barra Island, and they have supported RNLI crew training costs in Scotland.

The RNLI said, ‘The island community is justifiably proud of its lifeboat and volunteers and, as another chapter in its history begins with the opening of its new station, that pride will remain undiminished.’

Mr Bergius presented awards marking the dedication of volunteers Terry Ferguson, Roger Eaton, Judy Ross, Margaret Campbell, Margaret Hastie and Neil McEachern.

Hamish Campbell said, ‘Thanks to fundraising communities like this one, our crew can put to sea when the call for help comes in, safe in the knowledge that the best possible kit and training is already taken care of. Local fundraisers really are the lifeblood of the RNLI.’

The former lifeboat station will continue to be used by the charity for storage, and the current mooring remains unchanged.

There has been an RNLI presence on Islay since 1934. In the five year period from 2009-2013 volunteers undertook 71 call outs and rescued 73 people.

RNLI Media Contacts: Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 07786 668903. Email Richard_Smith@rnli.org.uk


Byline: Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers had the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton on Thursday along with Baton Bearer Andrea Gellan from Dunfermline, a local fundraiser.
Page Content: The Baton arrived at Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Station just before noon where it was handed over to Andrea Gellan who carried it onto the lifeboat for its journey to Kirkcaldy.
Weather conditions were good with small waves in the Forth as the lifeboat and its volunteer crew launched to carry its prestigious cargo. Local marine contractor Calypso Marine/Forth Sea Safaris kindly supplied a vessel to carry members of the media to record the spectacle as Kinghorn Lifeboat made the short journey to Kirkcaldy Harbour.
Lifeboat Helmsman Scott McIlravie took charge of the lifeboat on Thursday and was delighted with the event, saying, ‘Andrea received the Baton from the previous bearer and then showed it off to the gathered crowds, which included many children from Kinghorn and other local schools, as well as one of Kinghorn’s oldest residents, 102 year old Elizabeth Tulloch.
‘We then boarded the lifeboat and launched with the beach area and surrounding braes packed with onlookers.
‘On arrival at Kirkcaldy Andrea undertook a short interview with members of the media boat and told them how she felt honoured to have been nominated to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay and also to have been able to carry it on a RNLI lifeboat, crewed by volunteers. Andrea has raised a lot of money for the RNLI in recent years, including a sponsored swim across the Forth. She is now planning future fundraising events!
‘On behalf of the station I would like to thank all the volunteers and everyone who came along to the beach and Kirkcaldy harbour on Thursday and who helped generate the great atmosphere. The station is now focussing on our annual Open Day which is on Saturday 12th July starting at noon. This event is always great fun and the crew love showing our supporters the lifeboat and taking part in all the fun and games.’

Notes to editors
• Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1964. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/kinghorn
• A video of an Atlantic 85 lifeboat can be viewed at http://www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/press_centre/videos/video_detail?articleid=321844&category=&region=&listing
• The attached video and photographs capture the day.


Byline: The RNLI’s Plymouth lifeboats put on a great show during Armed Forces Day (Saturday 28 June).
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Both lifeboats, the all-weather Sybil Mullen Glover and the inshore lifeboat Millennium Forester, together with a Royal Navy helicopter, did a rescue demonstration to crowds gathered on Plymouth’s Hoe

It was a chance for the people of Plymouth to see the lifeboats and their volunteer crews in action at close quarters. After a run past the front of the Hoe, two of the lifeboat crew simulated a ‘man over board’ situation by being left in the water. After igniting distress flares the Royal Navy helicopter took over and winched the casualties back to to the lifeboats and safety. Both boats and the helicopter then did a run in formation across the sound in front of the delighted spectators.

The RNLI Plymouth lifeboats regularly train with other rescue resources such as Navy and coastguard. The RNLI is a charity and not a government agency and it’s volunteer crews are in the front line of providing a 365 days a year rescue service around the shores of the U.K.  

Notes to Editors;    
For information contact Barry Perrins Plymouth lifeboat volunteer Press officer
07790033796   barryperrins@yahoo.com


Byline: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station £100,000 appeal was recently given a massive boost from a £666 cheque donation
Page Content: The kind donation was presented to Moelfre RNLI lifeboat operations manager Rod Pace from the local Wylfa nuclear power station employee Mrs Elena Thomas. Elena is a member of the ‘Wylfa 21 club’ which runs a weekly lottery with the monies deducted from members salaries. The prize money is split 50/50 to prizes and various charities. To date it has raised over £176,000 for local charities, and this year 30 individual charities have each received £666.

Mrs Elena Thomas said:

“I have always supported the RNLI as the seas around Anglesey can be very dangerous. My husband is from Moelfre and I grew up near the beach in Llanddona. We now live in Bull Bay so the sea has been a big part our lives as a family, we know how dangerous the sea can be and how it can change from calm to stormy in a matter of hours.
We have huge admiration for the army of volunteers who turn out in all weathers risking their lives to save others and I think the RNLI is a worthwhile charity which I will continue to support.”  
Moelfre RNLI lifeboat operations manager Rod Pace said:

“We are extremely grateful to Elena for this kind donation which will go towards the cost of the new Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station. It’s fantastic to see the local nuclear power station supporting the local Moelfre RNLI lifeboat and other charities. As a charity the RNLI relies on kind donations to raise the vital fund which allows us to continue saving lives at sea. It’s been a busy year so far for the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew; we have already dealt with twenty emergency calls, which is above average for this time of the year”.

 The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station appeal, named ‘Ty i’r Tamar’ was officially launched in October to raise £100,000 towards the mechanics workshop. The station building work is progressing well as is on schedule.


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 aretwo images of the ongoing construction of the new Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station.
• 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:

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


Byline: With ninety children present at the boathouse on an educational visit on Friday 27 June Ramsgate RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was called out.
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The ILB launched at 11.07am to a person cut off by the tide at Dumpton Gap, between Ramsgate and Broadstairs. The volunteer crew managed to get the person and their dog aboard the ILB and bring them safely back to the lifeboat station from where they were collected and taken home by a family member.

The school’s visit followed an earlier presentation about beach and water safety at Ellington Infants School in Ramsgate by the locally based RNLI Education presenters. The children, accompanied by their teachers and all from the school’s Year 2, were being shown around the boats and boathouse in smaller groups when things first started to change.

Firstly, the lifeboat crew were asked to move the all-weather lifeboat (AWB), usually moored alongside the boathouse, to another pontoon within the harbour to allow access to the dredger hired by the local council. Although some of the children had yet to go on board the AWB they seemed just as interested in seeing it move across the harbour. Then with the pagers going off and the children all being quickly moved to the safety of the boathouse crewroom they had a ‘grandstand’ view of the ILB launch and were able to listen to progress on the marine radio receiver. 

Despite the changes the children seemed to enjoy the more practical visit which reinforced some of things they had learned about sea safety. Although they had to return to school before the ILB returned many of them expressed a concern about those being rescued so the school was later informed of the successful outcome so that the children could be told.

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/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


Byline: The Lerwick and Aith Lifeboats recently had a visit from Diane Leigh who is undertaken a Tour of Britain in 80 days raising money for the RNLI.
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Diane’s tour started at Poole Headquaters on May 13th and will finish there on July 31st. Along the way she is hoping to visit as many Lifeboat stations as possible.

This trip is fulfilling a life long dream for Diane. Diane decided on a coastal tour because she has loved the coast so much since holidaying around coastal areas when being a little girl.

When turning forty Diane wanted to live in France for a year, and ended up living in Paris for two years.

Whilst living in Paris Diane wrote a memoir ‘Dream Seed Magic – A Journey beyond my Imagination’. She hopes to publish another based on her British Tour.

Diane will be using shipping forecast zones as her guide and travelling by bus, train and boat.

She is hoping to raise £10,000.

Donate by texting LBTT80 £1 (or more) to 70070 or www.justgiving.com/littlebritishthingstour.

RNLI Media Contacts: Marianne Masson, Lerwick volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07894 825620 email mariannebst@gmail.com