Byline: RNLI Angle has topped the league with the busiest all weather lifeboat in Wales.
Page Content: Its Tamar class state-of-the-art lifeboat was launched on service 37 times last year and rescued a total of 40 people. This compares with 40 launches and 48 people rescued in 2013.

Long searches and tow-in operations meant that in 2014 the Angle crew spent more time at sea responding to emergencies than any other Welsh crew, with 536 hours spent on call out operations.

Some 24 of the operations were in darkness.

The station’s D-class inshore lifeboat was called out 8 times and rescued 4 people, bringing the total number of call outs last year for the station to 45 and the number of people rescued to 44.

Note to editors

The picture shows RNLI Angle’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat.
Photo: RNLI Angle.

RNLI media contacts: For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Angle, on 01437 763675 or Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 or 01745585162 or by email: or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789


Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station today responded to an emergency request from Holyhead Coastguard to attend Walney Channel in the area of Jubilee Bridge where a young person was reported as being in the sea.
Page Content: The crew were paged
directly by the Coastguard at 7-58am and the lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ was
launched in seven minutes, at 8-05am, crewed by Deputy Second Coxswain Dave
Kell and Paul Wilcock.


Weather conditions
at the time were poor with a Force 6 wind from the northwest pushing in the
same direction as the outgoing tide effectively increasing the size of the
waves which were beating against the bow of the lifeboat.


Frequent rain
squalls and heavy spray made visibility difficult, but nevertheless after a two
mile journey, the lifeboat was within 200 yards of the shipyard slipways when a
message was received to say that a 12 year old boy had managed to scramble
ashore, was safe and well, and was being assisted by police and ambulance


On the return
journey the lifeboat was operating right at the top end of its limits as the
wind was by then gusting to Force 8 with 35 knots of wind. The vessel was
washed off and rehoused by 8-25am.


John Falvey, Barrow
lifeboat spokesman said, “We don’t know how the 12 year old lad came to be in
the water, but he was extremely lucky to have survived given the temperature of
the water and the weather conditions that were prevailing at the time, the
outgoing tide would have been sweeping him towards Roa Island and luckily the
north westerly wind will have pushed him over to the edge of the channel where
he managed to struggle ashore.”


Byline: Volunteer crewmen from the RNLI’s Barrow station today, Monday 19th January 2015, launched both the all weather lifeboat ‘Grace Dixon’ and the inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ to go to the aid of a broken down fishing boat
Page Content: The information
about the incident came from Holyhead Coastguard at 5-12pm and the lifeboat was
launched at 5-25pm with Second Coxswain Jonny Long and five crew aboard.


The crew quickly
travelled to the casualty vessel which was within a mile due north west of the
lifeboat station. Having arrived they ascertained that the engine was disabled
by an unknown fault and could not immediately be repaired and there were two
persons aboard both uninjured, so it was decided to tow the vessel and occupant
to Ferry Pitching. Due to the depth of water, with low tide of 1.5 metres
having been at 4-57pm, 2nd Cox’n Long decided to call out the
inshore lifeboat to tow the disabled vessel underneath Jubilee Bridge which
would have been too shallow for the Grace Dixon.


The inshore
lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth was launched with Paul Wilcock, Adam Cleasby and
Matty Tippins aboard, and when she caught up with the all weather boat the tow
was transferred.  The Grace Dixon
returned to station and after safely landing casualty vessel and crew at Ferry
Pitching the inshore boat also returned to station.


Both lifeboats were
washed off and made ready for the next call by 6-40pm.


Byline: A D-Day veteran who warmed hearts the world over when he “escaped” from his care home to attend the 2014 commemorations in France has left his entire estate to the charity that saves lives at sea.
Page Content: Bernard Jordan passed away in early January, having charmed the nation with his real-life tale of derring-do in June 2014.

Following the death of his wife just seven days later, the couple’s will was executed, revealing that the couple left almost their entire estate – circa £600,000 – to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Mr Jordan, who was an elected councillor for Hove Borough Council for 34 years, made headlines the world over in 2014 when he left The Pines care home in Hove unannounced, and was reported missing to Sussex Police the same evening. He turned up days later in Normandy where he joined hundreds of other veterans of to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Dubbed “The Great Escaper” after his amazing display of pluck and determination, Bernard and Irene will now help to save lives at sea for years to come with the generous gift in their wills.

Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive, said: ‘This is absolutely wonderful, unexpected news. Bernard’s story charmed the nation last year when he journeyed from his Sussex care home to France to commemorate the D-Day landings. That spirit, that determination, is embedded deep within the psyche of our volunteer lifeboat crews who go to sea to save others in peril on the sea.

‘I am delighted that the couple chose to leave us this sizeable donation, and their contribution, like those of Bernard’s veteran peers, will never be forgotten.’

Bernard Jordan passed away in early January, leaving his entire estate to his wife Irene. She died just seven days later and left their entire estate to the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI believes the admiration and support for its cause stems from Bernard’s time in the Royal Navy during the Second World War – it suggests he had an affinity with people who spend time at sea.

Guy Rose, Legacy Admin Manager for the RNLI, said: ‘This is a wonderful gift from Bernard and Irene. He really made a name for himself last year and there can’t be many who weren’t touched by his story. Gifts left in wills are so valuable to the RNLI and they ensure we can continue our lifesaving work for people in, on or near the water.
‘Of course, a will is an extremely private thing. But after taking care of loved ones, even the smallest gift in a will is vital to saving lives at sea and critical to the future of the RNLI. 6 out of every 10 lifeboat launches are only made possible because of gifts in Wills, so we are extremely grateful when people support us in this way.’

The RNLI runs the Free Wills Month scheme during March and October every year which offers members of the public aged 55 years and over the opportunity to write their will for free at participating solicitors in England and Wales. For more information about gifts in Wills and Free Wills Month visit

Bernard Jordan’s funeral will be held at St Michaels and All Angels Church in Brighton on Friday 30 January.

Media opportunity
Any media wishing to conduct interviews with the RNLI about Mr and Mrs Jordan’s gift in their will, should contact Tim Ash using the details below. Alternatively, the RNLI will be represented at the funeral on Friday 30 January for any media wanting interviews.
RNLI media contact
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / 
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


Byline: Statistics reveal that the number of people rescued by Welsh RNLI lifeboats in 2014 is at its highest since 2006. The RNLI charity has today announced 1,244 people were rescued in 2014 – an eight per cent increase on the previous year.
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EMBARGOED until 00.01 28 January 2015


The busiest lifeboat station in north Wales and the second busiest of all the RNLI’s 30 lifeboat stations in Wales was Rhyl.  The volunteer crew launched 61 times and rescued a total of 73 people, compared with 64 in 2013.
Martin Jones, coxswain at Rhyl lifeboat station says ‘Whilst the number of calls for our inshore lifeboat has reduced (mainly because of the below-average summer weather keeping people off the beaches), calls for our All-weather lifeboat have remained high. This is due to the large number of vessels off the Rhyl area, working on the numerous offshore windfarms. Also, the improved launch access and facilities at Rhyl harbour have seen an increase in the number of people on larger leisure boats using Rhyl as a start point for a day at sea’.

The busiest station in Wales was Porthcawl, with 73 launches.

Nicola Davies, RNLI Community Incident Reduction Manager says:

‘We are definitely seeing more people out and about visiting the beautiful Welsh coastline, whether to walk the coastal paths or take part in more adventurous activities.

‘Our message to the public has always been to visit the coast as a group, rather than go it alone. It seems our advice is hitting home. Whilst previously people may have chosen to take part in activities alone, they are now thinking twice and considering how going to the coast as a group is far safer. Consequently, more people were rescued than ever before.

‘Instead of attempting to bring themselves to safety, people are recognising the need to dial 999 much quicker and as a result our volunteer crews have been exceptionally busy.’

Of the 1,076 Welsh lifeboat launches in 2014, 584 were to leisure craft and 388 were to people requiring assistance.  Machinery failure remains the most popular cause of a lifeboat launch with 230 launches of this nature in 2014. The RNLI advises and encourages people to check their equipment before setting off, especially if it has not been used for long periods.

People becoming cut off by the tide was also a common reason for the launch of a lifeboat, with 130 call-outs to this type of incident during the year.

Nicola Davies adds:

‘The big tides of 2014 coincided with some lovely weather so people ventured to areas they possibly would not have discovered previously. By exploring that little bit further we have seen incidents of people getting cut off by the tide and requiring the help or our RNLI crews. We would encourage people to always check the weather and tides before venturing out.

‘There is still some work to be done in educating people to recognise the dangers, as our role is very much about prevention in addition to saving lives. The coastal safety team are working hard to look at the areas for concern and work on a very local level to identify what the issues are and how we can address them.’

Notes to editors
• Local contact for Rhyl RNLI crew is Deputy 2nd Coxswain / Press Officer    Paul Frost MBE via 07894 105165 or 01745 331227.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Press Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or Danielle Rush, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 07786 668829.  Alternatively contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.
A video compilation of rescues carried out by both of Rhyl’s RNLI lifeboats is available on YouTube and can be downloaded here:

Video footage of Welsh RNLI rescues during 2014 is available to download here:


Byline: After a year that saw the charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards brave rough seas, stormy weather and rip currents to rescue 10,083 people, the RNLI is calling for the public to think ahead and never underestimate the strength and power of the sea.
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In 2014:

• The charity’s lifeboats launched 8,462 times
• Volunteer lifeboat crew rescued 8,727 people, 368 of which were classified as lives saved*
• RNLI lifeguards attended 17,050 incidents
• 1,769 people were rescued by RNLI lifeguards, 92 of which were lives saved
• Overall, RNLI’s lifeguards helped 19,252 people both in and out of the water

Equipped and trained for any eventuality, it has been another busy year for RNLI lifesavers, with lifeboat crews launching 122 more times and rescuing 313 more people compared to 2013.

The busiest lifeboat station was Tower on the River Thames, which launched 543 times, rescuing 104 people followed by its neighbour Chiswick Lifeboat Station, which launched 219 times, rescuing 116 people.

The busiest coastal station was Poole Lifeboat Station in Dorset, which launched its lifeboats 121 times.
The most common cause for lifeboat call outs was to boats with machinery failure, which accounted for 1,652 of all launches (19.5%). Overall, 23% of total launches (1,927) were to powered pleasure craft and 19% (1,607) to sailing pleasure craft, 8% (668) were to manual pleasure craft. Commercial and fishing boats accounted for 7% of launches (610). 

RNLI lifeguards were also kept busy on the beaches around the UK and Ireland. 15.5 million people** visited RNLI lifeguarded beaches last year, and the charity’s lifeguards helped nearly 20,000 of those people. Taking to the sea to rescue people is a small proportion of a lifeguard’s job – 95% of their work is preventative. They aim to stop people getting into trouble before a rescue situation occurs by giving safety advice, putting up flags to identify the patrolled areas to swim or surf and directing people to appropriate signage. Last year the RNLI offered nearly 2.4 million of these preventative actions on their beaches.

With over 190 years of lifesaving experience, the RNLI is aiming to reduce coastal drownings by 50% by 2024. To do this the RNLI is expanding its safety programmes, like its national drowning prevention campaign called Respect the Water, and aims to save more lives by encouraging people to enjoy the beautiful coastlines of the UK and Ireland, but do so safely.

Will Stephens, RNLI Head of Community Safety said: ‘The very nature of the sea means it is unpredictable and even the most competent water users can be caught out. But it’s not just people who set out to use the water who end up in it – walkers can get caught out too as conditions can change very quickly or a trip could mean they end up in the water. We would urge people to respect the water, and never underestimate the power and strength of the sea.
‘Always be aware of the tide before taking to the water. Avoid areas where you could get swept off your feet in stormy weather and, if you’re visiting the coast, be sure to visit a lifeguarded beach during the summer months.’

In 2014 there were a number of notable call outs for lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the coast:
A 17-year-old crew member at New Quay lifeboat station proved his courage and selflessness when he slid between rocks and under water in a rising tide to free a nine-year-old girl who had become stuck between rocks while playing. Little did she know it was Tom Evans’ first service when he volunteered to squeeze between the rocks and cut her out of her wellies, allowing the rest of the crew to help pull her free.

In the north of England, two walkers were caught out by an unexpected wave which swept them into the sea at Staithes, leaving them both in fear of losing their lives. Talking to the RNLI they said: ‘It hit us like a train, and that’s the one that knocked both of us into the water… You can’t put into words our gratitude, thank you is not enough. It really isn’t. I still can’t get over that these guys put their lives at risk like that.’

During the summer, Joby Wolfenden-Brown, a lifeguard in Bude, Cornwall, paddled out on a rescue board to help a young boy who had got out of his depth and was calling for help. Once the boy was in sight, Joby called out to the boy to let him know he was on his way and reassure him he’s in safe hands.

George Rawlinson, RNLI Operations Director said: ‘RNLI volunteer lifeboat and shore crew and lifeguards have shown the commitment and courage we have come to rely on, but we must of course also thank our supporters and dedicated fundraisers, who work tirelessly to ensure our charity, which is dependent on donations from the public, can continue to keep launching our lifeboats and patrolling some of the coasts’ busiest beaches.’
*lives saved are defined as immediate risks to life, ie if the lifeboat hadn’t arrived on scene the person would not have survived

**RNLI figures

Notes to editors:
A compilation video of the RNLI rescues in 2014 is available here:

Key figures:

8,462 launches.
Busiest station – Tower 543 launches
Crew spent 54,943.7 hours on rescues
121 launches in winds above force 7
3,188 launches were in darkness
8,727 people rescued
368 lives saved
1,101young people under 18 rescued
7,626 people over 18 rescued
508 launches where first aid was required.

1,652 launches to boats with machinery failure – the single biggest cause of incidents
4,415 launches to pleasure craft (includes power, sail and manual pleasure craft)
416 launches were to people cut off by the tide

RNLI lifeguards dealt with17,050 incidents.
19,353 people were helped by RNLI lifeguards
92 lives saved.
1,083 incidents involved major first aid treatment
11,884 incidents involved minor first aid treatment
Perranporth, Cornwall, was the busiest beach with 1,003 incidents

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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 operate 235 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 200 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 1340,000 lives.
Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)