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Byline: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ launched yesterday (1st June) on two separate rescue missions saving six lives.
Page Content: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteers had just returned from commemorating the tragic loss of the submarine HMS  ‘Thetis’ which sank  exactly 75 years ago with the loss of 99 men. The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat and the Llandudno RNLI lifeboat placed wreaths into the sea at the submarines last dive position. The Moelfre lifeboat crew then marked their respect with a one minute silence at Traeth Bychan, the beach where the HMS ‘Thetis’ was towed ashore and the bodies recovered.

The volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew had just finished washing down when they were requested to launch to reports of four people in a small wooden boat with engine trouble. The Moelfre lifeboat under the command of second coxswain Michael Williams was quickly at the given position off Cemaes; however there was no sign of any boat.

The volunteer crew immediately commenced a search pattern of the area and thankfully found the family of four, promptly, two miles from their estimated position. They were transferred onto the Moelfre lifeboat and assessed, despite being cold and shook up no further medical attention was required.

The Moelfre lifeboat crew then took the 8 foot boat under tow and set course for Cemaes Bay. Just outside the harbour the decision was made to transfer the tow to the smaller inflatable ‘Y’ boat, which is deployed from the stern of the Tamar class lifeboat. The family were then landed on the beach where the Cemaes Coastguard team were waiting.

On returning to Moelfre the volunteer lifeboat crew spotted two well equipped kayakers struggling to make progress in the strong wind and choppy sea. Both the kayakers were rapidly becoming exhausted and were extremely glad to see the RNLI lifeboat arrival and very grateful for the offer of assistance. Both were transferred to the safety of the lifeboat and taken into Moelfre.

Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station volunteer press officer Dave Massey said:

‘The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew spent over nine hours at sea yesterday and six lives have been saved thanks to the total commitment and professionalism of the RNLI crew. It’s thanks to all their regular RNLI training in search pattern operations that the family of four were located so promptly and rescued. The outcome could easily have been very different.
The only means that this family had of calling for assistance was via a mobile phone. We would always recommend that if you are going to go to sea always take a VHF radio and be familiar with its use and have emergency flares to attract attention’.

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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 the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Kiwi ’in Cemaes transferring the tow to the inflatable ‘Y’ boat taken by Dr Harri Pritchard. 
• Attached is an image taken by Moelfre RNLI lifeboat emergency coxswain Martin Jones of the Moelfre RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew returning to shore after being on the lifeboat for nine hours.
• 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

Byline: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ launched yesterday (1st June) on two separate rescue missions saving six lives.
Page Content: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteers had just returned from commemorating the tragic loss of the submarine HMS  ‘Thetis’ which sank  exactly 75 years ago with the loss of 99 men. The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat and the Llandudno RNLI lifeboat placed wreaths into the sea at the submarines last dive position. The Moelfre lifeboat crew then marked their respect with a one minute silence at Traeth Bychan, the beach where the HMS ‘Thetis’ was towed ashore and the bodies recovered.

The volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew had just finished washing down when they were requested to launch to reports of four people in a small wooden boat with engine trouble. The Moelfre lifeboat under the command of second coxswain Michael Williams was quickly at the given position off Cemaes; however there was no sign of any boat.

The volunteer crew immediately commenced a search pattern of the area and thankfully found the family of four, promptly, two miles from their estimated position. They were transferred onto the Moelfre lifeboat and assessed, despite being cold and shook up no further medical attention was required.

The Moelfre lifeboat crew then took the 8 foot boat under tow and set course for Cemaes Bay. Just outside the harbour the decision was made to transfer the tow to the smaller inflatable ‘Y’ boat, which is deployed from the stern of the Tamar class lifeboat. The family were then landed on the beach where the Cemaes Coastguard team were waiting.

On returning to Moelfre the volunteer lifeboat crew spotted two well equipped kayakers struggling to make progress in the strong wind and choppy sea. Both the kayakers were rapidly becoming exhausted and were extremely glad to see the RNLI lifeboat arrival and very grateful for the offer of assistance. Both were transferred to the safety of the lifeboat and taken into Moelfre.


Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station volunteer press officer Dave Massey said:

‘The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew spent over nine hours at sea yesterday and six lives have been saved thanks to the total commitment and professionalism of the RNLI crew. It’s thanks to all their regular RNLI training in search pattern operations that the family of four were located so promptly and rescued. The outcome could easily have been very different.
The only means that this family had of calling for assistance was via a mobile phone. We would always recommend that if you are going to go to sea always take a VHF radio and be familiar with its use and have emergency flares to attract attention’.



Ends.


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 ‘Kiwi ’in Cemaes transferring the tow to the inflatable ‘Y’ boat taken by Dr Harri Pritchard. 
• Attached is an image taken by Moelfre RNLI lifeboat emergency coxswain Martin Jones of the Moelfre RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew returning to shore after being on the lifeboat for nine hours.
• 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