Leesa has recently become responsible for all the RNLI stations around the coast and inland waters of the UK and Ireland. As part of her duties, she has been visiting stations to fact-find and to “get a feel” for the diversity of the stations and their individual needs and issues. This will eventually lead her to be able to consult with her fellow board members to decide the most efficient and cost-effective methods to provide rescue at sea and on our beaches.
As a result of an invite from Rhyl’s Coxswain Martin Jones at a recent conference event, Leesa agreed to come to Rhyl, to see for herself what the region’s lifeboat crews have to deal with on their section of the coast. In 2014, Rhyl was the busiest station in North Wales, and the second busiest in Wales.
Leesa was met at the lifeboat station by Lifeboat Operations Manager Darrel Crowther, who took her on a tour of the boathouse and the harbour, also showing her the local offshore windfarms. She then had a question and answer session with the crew, before moving on to the “Cob and Pen ” public house for food and drinks. Before the crew left the boathouse, Leesa was presented with a framed photo of Rhyl’s all-Weather lifeboat, “Lil Cunningham” by Coxswain Jones.
The following morning, Leesa chaired a meeting at Rhyl lifeboat station for the Operations managers and full-time crew from the stations at Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, Flint, West Kirby andf Hoylake. She wanted to find out the grass-roots thoughts from local crews regarding the way forward for the RNLI, to discuss possible improvements, or where the RNLI is doing the right thing.
Leesa also visited the new lifeboat station at Moelfre prior to her visit to Rhyl.
The pictures show
- Leesa with Rhyl crew on her visit to the station ;
- being shown a video on Rhyl’s recent rescues made by crew member Callum Robinson;
- being presented with her framed photo by Darrel Crowther(left) and Martin Jones outside Rhyl station;
- and with the Operations managers and crew from flank stations.
Leesa says ” I am very pleased to visit North Wales in my role as RNLI director, and thank Rhyl Coxswain Martin Jones for his kind invite to Rhyl”.