Dec 30

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Byline: Appropriately named Teddington Helmsman, Jon Barker, was part of the RNLI crew that helped rescue a dog from a drifting narrow boat on the Thames this morning.
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The boat was being carried downstream opposite Trowlock Island at about 9am this morning (Tuesday 30 December). All the hatches and doors were locked and with nobody on board apart from a small dog.

Jon and his other volunteer crew member James Kavanagh, saw the dog pocking its nose out of an open porthole and were quick to come to its aid.

They towed the barge back to shore where local police were waiting. The police Marine Support Unit soon arrived with a dog handler and bolt cutters and the dog was freed.

Crew Member James Kavanagh said: 'The dog was fine and delighted to be let out. We gave him some food and nicknamed him "Lucky". It was a lovely rescue to end the year.'

The dog was looked after by the police while they contacted the barge owner.

 


Dec 30

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Byline: A man from Poole credited with pioneering a voluntary flood rescue team is among a handful of individuals being recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for their contribution to saving lives at sea.
Page Content: Captain Hugh Fogarty joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in 1984, and has been described by its Chief Executive as ‘a man of genuine humanity who cares deeply for his professional colleagues.’

Using his knowledge, expertise and powers of persuasion, he pioneered the creation of the charity’s Flood Rescue Team, which has seen many lives saved since its inception in the year 2000. 

In 2012, the team – made up of volunteers – were deployed no fewer than 12 times, rescuing 81 people and saving 6 lives. It was also in this year that the first RNLI medal for bravery was awarded to three members of the Flood Rescue Team for the rescue of a woman clinging to a tree in a swollen river in Devon.  

But it was not just flood rescue where Hugh was instrumental in driving change; his 30-year career has seen him undertake trials of lifeboats in all manner of sea conditions. Hugh was responsible for creating the operational specifications for a fast and capable fleet of lifeboats, a complex role which involved balancing strength, design and cost. 

This, so says RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier, is no mean feat: ‘It’s a huge responsibility – ensuring that lifeboats are robust enough to withstand all that nature can throw at them.

‘Hugh is held in the highest regard by the many thousands of volunteers who crew our lifeboats across the country. In the words of a well-known crew member, ‘if the boat is good enough for Hugh, it’s good enough for me.’’ 

Whilst Hugh’s responsibilities as Head of Operations (Operational Support) came with high accountability and often the need to make some critical decisions, Hugh is perhaps best known outside the RNLI for his light-hearted role as Walter Only, the mascot of the 2014 H2Only campaign where participants were challenged to drink only water for two weeks.

Walter urged participants to become ‘masters of self-control’ and raise vital funds to enable the charity to save more lives at sea. The challenge is set to return in the summer of 2015.

Paul continues: ‘Hugh has made a huge difference to the future direction of the RNLI. I am delighted he has been recognised with an MBE.’

Meanwhile, other volunteers from the charity have also been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. David Martin, from Monifieth in Dundee, has been a volunteer with the RNLI for the last 26 years, and more recently became the volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at not one, but two lifeboat stations – a feat almost unheard of in the RNLI’s 190 year history.

The role of Lifeboat Operations Manager is unpaid, yet it requires consistently effective management skills and an almost limitless commitment of time – it is the Lifeboat Operations Manager who selects and trains a crew, ensures the lifeboat is fully maintained, and authorises it for launch, often in difficult or dangerous conditions. David will receive an MBE for the difference he has made at both Broughty Ferry and Peterhead lifeboat stations.

Mike Hewitt, from Wadebridge in Cornwall, also receives an MBE for his commitment to water safety on the Camel Estuary. Mike was instrumental in persuading the RNLI to open a station at Rock, following a spate of accidents on the Estuary which Mike was often the first to respond to. The station was established in 1988 and has assisted 270 people and saved 82 lives since.

Also in Cornwall, Roy Pascoe from Mousehole will receive the British Empire Medal in recognition of his unwavering commitment to the lifeboat crew and wider community of Newlyn. Following the tragic events of 19 December 1981, where all eight crew of the lifeboat Solomon Browne were lost in a service to the stricken coaster Union Star, Roy did much to calm and reassure others in a community hit by tragedy and he has continued to provide this support, staying close to the families and acting as a constant source of wisdom, encouragement and cheerful enthusiasm for the crew.

Swansea man Steve Davies has been recognised as an inspirational speaker on the subject of sea safety, sharing his knowledge with all that he encounters in order that adults and children alike are aware of the dangers of the sea. He will be made an MBE.

Tireless fundraisers from the North of England have also been recognised – Sue Watson, 73, from Flamborough will receive the British Empire Medal in recognition of her continued commitment to raising vital funds to enable the RNLI to carry out its lifesaving work. In a small, traditional seaside village, Sue is the driving force behind a fundraising group which holds innovative and highly successful fundraising events, including the much loved Maggot Racing; Sue herself is often found at the front of the crowds of children, cheering on the racing maggots.

Meanwhile Tom Ridyard, 72, from Bolton, has been a volunteer fundraiser for the RNLI for the past two decades. In addition, he was one of the leaders of the clean-up operation at Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station following the storm and tidal surges of December 2013, ensuring the lifeboat could remain on service despite the adverse weather. He will be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).  

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Notes to editors
• Full breakdown of awards as follows:
o Hugh J Fogarty – MBE
o David Martin – MBE
o William Michael Hewitt (Mike) – MBE
o Roy Pascoe – BEM
o Stephen Davies – MBE
o Tom Ridyard – MBE
o Sue Watson – BEM
• An experienced mariner with 13 years spent in the Merchant Navy, Hugh joined the RNLI in 1984. His most recent post was Head of Operations (Operational Support) which he held from February 2013 to July 2014. 
• The British Empire Medal (BEM), recently revived by David Cameron after being phased out during John Major’s term in office, is awarded to people for work in their local community.
• The Member of the Order of the British Empire recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds. There are five grades, as well as the recently added British Empire Medal (BEM)
o Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE)
o Knight Commander or Dame Commander (KBE or DBE)
o Commander (CBE)
o Officer (OBE)
o Member (MBE)

For further information, please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789. 

Dec 29

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Byline: A memorial service, and a wreath laying ceremony was held to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the loss of the Peterhead Lifeboat Alexander Tulloch, and 3 of its crew on service on 26th December 1914.
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The memorial service was on Saturday 27 December at Peterhead fishmarket auction hall, near the Lifeboat Station. Joining Peterhead RNLI lifeboat volunteers at the private service were the relatives of crew who launched on service to aid the Hull registered trawler “Tom tit” on that stormy day in December 1914.

The agenda for the service was: 1pm, Service; 1.40pm, Laying of wreath from the Peterhead Lifeboat  ‘The Misses Robertson of Kintail’  just West of the New Smiths Quay to which spectators were cordially invited.

An e-mail was received from one of the relatives following the event: 
‘A huge thanks to you all for organising this wonderful tribute to my great grandfather, David Murray Strachan, and the other crew who were involved with the rescue of the Tom Tit on 26/12/1914.

I added this post to my Facebook page and thought you may like to see some of the photos I took. Feel free to share them.

Thanks again,

Teresa Strachan Clark

26/12/2014 -
‘My great grandfather, David Strachan, died as a young man 100 years ago to this day.
He was a fisherman and served as a volunteer with the RNLI Peterhead lifeboat. He lost his life affecting the rescue of the crew of a fishing boat that crashed whilst entering Peterhead harbour during a storm.
My granny, her siblings, and her mum (along with other villagers) were on the dock watching events unfold. She watched her dad drown.
Thanks to the Carnegie Trust, my great grandma was awarded a widow's pension (not a lot compared to benefits nowadays). My great grandfather was posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal for bravery.
I'm proud to have the middle name Strachan for this reason (as well as having my great grandfather's red hair).
Tomorrow afternoon, the RNLI in Peterhead have laid on a lovely memorial tribute to to my brave ancestor and to the two other men who lost their lives that day. I will be there to meet the descendants of the other families.
Below is an article published in the local newspaper following the tragedy. Very moving indeed. I sometimes feel I do a fairly risky job but I have nothing but respect for the men and women who go out on the lifeboats in perilous weather and get paid nothing for doing this. Much respect and thanks.

The story of the Hull Trawler "Tom Tit"

Extracted from 'The Buchan Observer - Tuesday 29th December, 1914'.

A calamitous disaster in which three gallant Peterhead fishermen lost their lives trying to save those of others occurred at Peterhead on Saturday forenoon. The tragedy was occasioned by a Hull trawler the Tom Tit, running ashore in a fierce southerly gale on the rock called "The Horseback," situated within a hundred yards of the entrance to the Peterhead South Harbour and it recalls to the older inhabitants of the town a similar tragedy which took place about forty years ago when a Norwegian schooner was wrecked on exactly the same place and the Peterhead men who attempted the rescue of the crew lost their lives.
Late on Friday night a strong southerly wind arose and increased in intensity until it blew with hurricane force during the night and on Saturday morning. The sea running in the South Bay on Saturday forenoon was exceptionally high, the waves breaking on the north shore of the bay and the harbour breakwater with overwhelming force, and sweeping far up the strand. To any vessel seeking shelter the harbour entrance was extremely difficult and dangerous.
Shortly before eleven o'clock forenoon the Hull trawler Tom Tit was observed making for the South harbour entrance. Her passage through the bay was watched by the people on shore with great anxiety, as it was feared that they could not make the harbour with wind and sea sweeping right across the entrance. The fears of the onlookers were realised, as the vessel was forced on to "The Horseback," the mountainous sea sweeping over her and threatening the imminent destruction of vessel and crew.
By this time a great crowd had congregated on shore, and there was gallant hearts in it ready to risk their lives for the sake of those in dire danger. One of the first was James Graneham, who attempted to swim from the shore with a line tied round his waist, but the surging waves beat him back, and he had to be pulled to shore. Lieut Currie, a Naval officer, also tried to swim out to the vessel, but was dashed upon a rock and had to give up.
Meantime the motor lifeboat Alexander Tulloch whose headquarters are within 50 yards of the scene of the wreck, had in face of the tremendous waves, managed to put out to the bay its task of trying to save the shipwrecked crew was a extremely trying one, a hurricane wind on a lee shore having to be encounter before the stranded vessel could be approached, The lifeboat succeeded in making the harbour entrance with the purpose of floating down upon the Tom Tit, but before this could be accomplished a tremendous sea caught the boat, carried her a considerable distance westwards, and dashed her upon the rocks near Corporation Bathes, which were being swept every moment by mountainous seas.
A scene of awful excitement ensued, which was witnessed by many hundreds of those on shore less than a hundred yards from the point where the lifeboat crew were battling for their lives. When the boat struck the rocks three of the crew, John Strachan, Robert Slessor, and Andrew Geddes, jumped clear into the sea, and with the assistance of men who had clambered over the rocks were hauled out of danger, but the other members of the crew, nine in number were washed out of the boat into the boiling waters of the bay, and were rapidly carried along by the Smith Embankment. William Cameron a young man, who got entangled in the boat, was rescued in an injured condition, and a man supposed to be David Strachan was washed into a pool in the rocks known as "Bobbie's Hole" and Lieutenant Wells, a Naval man jumped into the water several times grasped the body, but it was carried away by the heavy backwash. Strachan was floating with his head downwards, and probably had been rendered unconscious by coming to contact with the rocks when the boat struck.
Meantime many helpers had hurried to the south end of the Smith Embankment to which the drowning men were being carried by the waves. James Cameron coxswain of the lifeboat was seen floating on his back and grasping an oar, and the rescuing party succeeded in picking him up and conveying them with all haste to a house in Kirk Street. James Imlach, a young fisherman residing at 8 Stuart Street with a rope tied around his waist, gallantly jumped from the embankment, and in exceedingly trying and dangerous circumstances, grasped William Buchan, and swam with him to the Embankment steps, where both were lifted from the water and conveyed home. Buchan was greatly exhausted Imlach severely injured, but both are progressing favourably. Another member of crew was washed ashore with a lifebelt on, and he was carried into a house in Charlotte Street. James Geddes jun. a powerful young fisherman was next pulled from the raging waves. His body was also encased in a lifebelt but he was quite unconscious. Dr Gillespie and Dr. Smith did everything to restore animation by artificial respiration, but it was beyond their power. The body was taken to a relatives house in Merchant Street, close to the spot where the tragedy occurred. The poor fellow died under the eyes of several relatives, and his father broke down when he knew his gallant son was beyond human aid.
By this time it was found that all the crew of twelve had been accounted for, except David Strachan and Thomas Adams, both residing at Roanheads. Three brave Peterhead fishermen have thus sacrificed their lives to save others, and quite a gloom has been cast over the fishing community by the unexpected and sudden calamity. The three men drowned were in the prime of life, being all about 30 years of age. Strachan and Adams were married, and leave wives and families; while James Geddes, jun. resided with his father James Geddes. skipper of the local tugboat Flying Scud. Geddes was descended from a seafaring family, and a prophetic circumstances is that one of his brothers was drowned about a year ago from the streamer Inveresk.
On Saturday afternoon the wind veered to the west, and the gale subsided. A strict outlook was kept on the south shore, and the body of Thomas Adams was washed ashore and conveyed to his house in Roanheads. The crew of the Tom Tit were all safety landed in the breeches buoy.
The motor lifeboat has been completely smashed. It was a comparatively new boat having been built two years ago at a cost of £3000. She was one of the best types of lifeboat in Scotland.
The Tom Tit lies where she stranded and has become a complete wreck.
The Lost and Saved
The following are the names of the men who were lost:
Thomas Adams, 64 Roanheads, who leaves a wife and family.
David Murray Strachan, 71 Roanheads, who leaves a wife and four of a family.
James Geddes, jun. 47 Roanheads, unmarried.
Thoses who were saved:
James Cameron, (Coxswain) 59 Roanheads.
John Strachan, 39 North Street.
Robert Slessor, jun. 29 Roanheads.
John Davidson, engineer, 7 Threadneedle Street.
William Buchan, 31 Roanheads.
Peter Geddes, 2 Seagate.
Andrew McLean, 66 Roanheads.
William Cameron, 28 James Street.
Charles Cameron, 28 James Street.
Yesterday the scene of the disaster was visited by a large number of spectators. The gale has entirely subsided and a nights sharp frost had quietened the sea. The stranded trawler remains fast on the rock, and the battered motor lifeboat is lying near the spot where she struck. The body of David Murray has not yet been found. The funerals of the other two will take place to-day.

The words of the plaque:

In memory of the three lifeboat men
who lost their lives on the
26th December, 1914
David Strachan
Thomas Adams Geddes
James Geddes (Junior)
The Lifeboat "Alexander Tulloch"
was launched in a severe south east gale
on service to the Hull Trawler "Tom Tit"
which had grounded on the horseback rock
that lay close to the harbour entrance.’

RNLI media contacts:
For more information please telephone David Anderson, Peterhead RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07850 956130 or phdlifeboatlpo@aim.com

 


Dec 29

Join-the-RNLI-Face-2-Face-team-and-make-a-difference-this-summer

Byline: New Year means new resolutions! The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is looking for people who want to make a difference in 2015 and help save lives at sea all while enjoying a fun summer job at the beach!
Page Content: The charity’s Face 2 Face fundraising team is currently on the lookout for keen individuals wanting an alternative summer job, where a real difference can be made. Individuals will need to be energetic, motivated and approachable but most of all will want to be part of a team which save lives at sea.

The role focuses on communicating the good work of the RNLI to members of the public and inspiring them to support the charity that saves lives at sea as well as giving out valuable beach safety advice. In return the charity provides a fun and inviting working environment: the beach. It also gives you the opportunity to acquire vital life skills which will help in future employment.

RNLI F2F Campaign Manager Bryn Christian says:

‘Prior knowledge of the RNLI is not essential as we will provide training but you will need to be passionate about making a difference and helping people stay safe around our coast. We really look forward to meeting people from all walks of life who want to be part of this fantastic charity.’

To hear more about being a Face 2 Face fundraiser from the fundraisers themselves or to apply please visit www.rnli.org/f2f

Online applications run from 2 January – 8 February 2015.

Dec 19

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Byline: The owners of Rhyl's Cob & Pen public house were talking to some of the crew as they met after a lifeboat exercise.The subject of crew training came round to the crew's use of video equipment on the boat.
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Owners Noel and Amanda, heard that the existing video camera bought by the crew, was not very efficient in low-light situations. This resulted in many minutes of footage not being used to promote the RNLI's charitable work in rescuing people at sea and in inland flooding (such as St.Asaph and Rhyl in the last few years).

Being dedicated supporters of the RNLI, they decided to do their own fundraising, to purchase the latest GoPro Hero 4 black camera and accessories, enabling the camera to be mounted either on a crew member's headwear, or on a fitting on the boat.

 At a recent event at the Cob & Pen, the camera was presented to Deputy second Coxswain Paul Archer-Jones. Paul said ' We are very grateful to Noel and Amanda for their support for the RNLI charity, and Rhyl crew in particular'

The evening also included a talk on the Rhyl RNLI station history by ex-coxswain Peter Robinson, with some footage taken  by the Rhyl RNLI and flood rescue teams, some of which have been used in national and International media coverage. This had been edited by crew member Callum Robinson.

The attached photo shows Amanda and Noel presenting the camera to Paul Archer-Jones watched by volunteer crew members of Rhyl RNLI lifeboat.


Dec 19

Micd-up-–-for-saving-lives-at-sea!

Byline: A group of students and teachers from King Ethelbert School in Birchington have presented a cheque for £150 to Margate RNLI lifeboat station, money they raised after staging a concert as part of their studies.
Page Content: The group of year 11 Music BTEC students were given a task to organise a concert they were to call MIC’D UP. The idea was to showcase the school’s talented students and teachers. As many teachers as possible were ‘recruited’ to perform with the students, some of the teachers were reported to have hidden talents!

The students who organised MIC’D UP were: Matthew Cowell, Gaby George, Ellie-Perry Taylor, Jess Mantel, Ellisha Allen, Ronnie Skelton and Jack Murray and today (18 December 2015) they handed the cheque over to members of the lifeboat crew after which they were given a tour of the station and a chance to look over the all-weather lifeboat.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority said: “Well done to the students and staff who organised the concert and a big thank you for choosing the RNLI as their chosen charity, the money raised will go directly towards saving life at sea. It is also important for us to highlight our work to young people such as these, they could potentially be future RNLI lifeboat crewmembers and lifeguards.”


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: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk
• 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

Dec 18

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Byline: Thousands of messages of support have been received by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, many of which are now proudly hanging on the charity’s Christmas tree at its headquarters in Poole, Dorset.
Page Content: As part of the RNLI’s Christmas appeal, which aims to raise £1.5M for the lifesaving charity, supporters were sent a pack through the post in November, asking them to consider making a donation this festive season. Over £1M has been raised through the appeal so far, which will help the RNLI continue to save lives at sea.

Included in each appeal pack was a pair of cut-out RNLI liferings – one for supporters to hang on their own Christmas trees, and one for them to write a short message on and then send back to the RNLI. Over 3,000 liferings with messages on have been returned to the RNLI, with a selection of them hanging on the charity’s Christmas tree in the foyer of the RNLI College in Poole.

In fact, so many messages of support have been received that they won’t all fit on the Christmas tree. As a result, glass bowls full of messages of support are also on display next to the tree for RNLI staff, volunteers and members of the public to see.

Chris Speers, volunteer crew member at the RNLI’s Poole lifeboat station, said: ‘This Christmas, volunteer RNLI crew members will be on call ready to drop everything to help save lives at sea.

‘To see so many lovely messages of support hanging on the Christmas tree in the RNLI College is really heart-warming.

‘As a charity, we rely on the generosity of the public to support our lifesaving service and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported our Christmas appeal so far. Without this support, the RNLI simply could not reunite the thousands of people we rescue every year with their families.’

Messages received and hanging up on the RNLI Christmas tree include:
‘Such courage. Such bravery. You are the coastline’s heroes.’
‘Happy Christmas to all you brave people (and a ‘shout’ free dinner).’
‘Thank you for being there. Keep safe. Happy Christmas.’
‘We salute your bravery.’
‘Thank you for risking your lives to help save those in distress at sea.’
‘Please keep safe. God bless you all.’
‘Thank you for your courageous & totally selfless work. I know the sea can be horrific at times.’

Anyone who wants to make a donation to the RNLI’s Christmas appeal can do so at RNLI.org/Xmas.

Across last year’s festive period alone*, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 122 times across the UK and Ireland, rescuing 62 people and saving five lives – with six launches taking place on Christmas day.


Notes to editors
• Dan Proctor, RNLI Marketing Manager, is available for media interviews. Please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk
• *The festive period referred to was from 23 December 2013 to 1 January 2014 for lifeboat stations in England, Wales and Ireland and to 2 January 2014 for stations in Scotland.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.


Dec 17

Fishermen-urged-to-stay-safe-during-deadliest-month-of-the-year

Byline: As RNLI research* reveals more fishermen die in January than in any other month of the year, the lifesaving charity has launched a hard-hitting campaign encouraging fishermen to make sure their boats keep them safe at sea.
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The campaign features five short films which provide practical advice and use easy to follow animation. The films show how to keep fishing boats stable and highlight factors that lead to a dangerous lack of vessel stability, with RNLI research showing that the majority of deaths in the commercial fishing industry occur when vessel stability is lost.

RNLI figures show that 59% of commercial fishing fatalities were due to a loss of vessel stability leading to capsize, leaking or swamping between 2010 and 2013 – with 30% of deaths occurring in the month of January when seas can be rough and water temperatures are at their lowest. The campaign is targeted at fishermen who work on vessels under 15m in length, as the majority of fishing-related fatal incidents (73%) occurred on fishing boats in this category.

The films cover five key areas that lead to boat instability: overloading, watertight integrity, free surface effect**, modifications and hauling.

The films, which are all under 10 minutes in length, feature experts Peter Duncan, lecturer from the Scottish Maritime Academy, and RNLI Fishing Safety Manager and former commercial fisherman Frankie Horne. They can be viewed at RNLI.org/stability.

Emotive adverts are also being used throughout the campaign, using the strapline ‘Dad’s gone fishing’. The powerful image used in the adverts shows coat hooks in a family home. The coats of mum and two young children are hanging up, but dad’s coat is missing – he’s failed to return home from fishing.

These adverts will appear on Facebook posts targeted at fishermen and their families and friends, in commercial fishing publications and websites, and on outdoor advertising space in four fishing ports. Ad vans will display the advert in Weymouth (Dorset), Newlyn (Cornwall) and Kilkeel (Northern Ireland) between Monday 5 and Monday 12 January, while posters will be on display in Bridlington (north east England) from Monday 5 January to Monday 2 February.

In addition to the adverts, drinks glasses, coasters and coffee mugs have been produced to support the campaign and will be distributed to pubs and bars at fishing ports across the UK and the Republic of Ireland in January. These products feature key safety tips and point fishermen to the vessel stability films online at RNLI.org/stability.

Frankie Horne, RNLI Fishing Safety Manager, said: ‘Data*** shows that, tragically, 49 fishermen died between 2009 and 2012 across the UK and Ireland. We hope that this campaign will help prevent further deaths at sea.
 
‘The majority of these fatalities were fishermen working on boats under 15 metres long and 30% of deaths occurred in the month of January, when sea conditions are often very rough and the water temperature is dangerously low.

‘The aim of this campaign is to encourage fishermen to consider their boat’s stability, so that they stay safe at sea during the winter period. I’d encourage anyone involved in fishing – skippers, crew and their friends and families – to visit RNLI.org/stability and view the films. The short videos provide excellent, practical advice in an easy to digest format.’

The films offer tips and guidance on areas including:
• Leaks, overloading and the free surface effect** of a loose catch can all make a vessel unstable.
• Keep your boat watertight by checking hatches are closed at sea.
• Tie down loose kit and keep scuppers clear.
• When modifying a fishing boat, get professional advice on stability first.
• Cut the net if hauling in a heavy catch makes your boat list.

‘I would also like to remind fishermen of the importance of wearing a personal floatation device. Our figures show that of all commercial fishing fatalities between 2010 and 2013, 59% of those who died were not wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid,’ added Frankie Horne.

Between 2009 and 2013, RNLI lifeboats launched 2,555 times to incidents involving commercial fishing boats, rescuing 3,762 people.


*RNLI-commissioned causal analysis of fatalities in waters around the UK and Republic of Ireland between the period 2010 and 2013.
 
**Definition of free surface effect
In a partly filled tank or fish hold, the contents will shift with the movement of the boat. This ‘free surface’ effect increases the danger of capsizing. The centre of gravity moves over to the side, making the vessel less stable.

***Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) data 2009–12.

Notes to editors
• Nick Fecher, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, and Frankie Horne, RNLI Fishing Safety Manager, are available for interview.
• An image is attached of the ‘Dad’s gone fishing’ poster. High res version is available on request.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.


Dec 15

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Byline: On the evening of Saturday the 6th of December 2014, members from Criccieth's RNLI lifeboat station were invited to attend Madog Yacht Club’s Christmas event and accept a donation of £1,400 towards the charity.
Page Content: The cheque was presented to one of Criccieth lifeboats Helmsmen, Chris Fisher, by the yacht club’s Commodore Brian Sharman.  The presentation of the cheque has become an annual event, providing members of the club with an opportunity to express their support for the charity and their local station.

Following receipt of the cheque, Criccieth’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams commented “We are very grateful to members of the Madog Yacht Club for their generous donation once again this year.  Their support is an important component of maintaining safety upon the sea.  May I wish all members another safe year of sailing and rowing. 

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For Further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn, Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554445316


Dec 11

New Honorary Secretary for Southern Region

Paul Rayner CBE has been elected by the Southern Regional Committee as the new Hon Sec.