May 30

Man-feared-lost-at-sea-rescued-by-the-Moelfre-RNLI-lifeboat-volunteer-crew

Byline: The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ launched today (30th May) to search for a man who had drifted away from his RIB which had sustained engine failure off Cemlyn Bay.
Page Content: The man along with three friends had been practising a man over board exercise when the RIB sustained engine failure and was unable to recover him. The crew soon lost sight of their friend and contacted the Coastguard with their emergency.

The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat launched at 1pm under the command of second coxswain Michael Williams and quickly proceeded to the position of the broken down RIB. Volunteer crewmember and RNLI trained navigator Alan Owen immediately plotted a course and a search pattern onto the RNLI lifeboat’s sophisticated system.

The Moelfre RNLI inshore lifeboat, Holyhead RNLI lifeboat and inshore RNLI lifeboat along with the RAF search & rescue helicopter were also tasked to the incident. Coastguard teams from Cemaes and Holyhead were also alerted and requested to commence a coastal search of the area.

Thankfully, shortly after commencing the search the casualty was spotted by the Moelfre RNLI volunteer crew having drifted 2.4 miles South West of the original position. The 54 year old man was immediately recovered onto the Moelfre lifeboat ensuring he was kept in a horizontal position due to their concern that if they lifted him out vertically his blood pressure may drop due to the effect of hydrostatic squeeze on his body.

Once onboard the RNLI lifeboat he was immediately assessed by the RNLI casualty care trained volunteer crew and an ambulance was requested. Despite being cold and tired he was showing no ill effects from his ordeal.

The casualty was taken ashore at Bull bay on the Moelfre RNLI lifeboats ‘Y boat’, which was launched from ‘Kiwi’s’ stern, and left in the care of the Ambulance service paramedics.

Once the man had been located the Moelfre RNLI inshore lifeboat volunteer crew proceeded to the broken down RIB and commenced a tow into Bull Bay.


Moelfre RNLI lifeboat operations manager Rod Pace said:

‘This is why our volunteer RNLI crews do what they do, without a doubt this man’s life was saved today by their professionalism and dedication. Searching for a person who is in the sea can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. The first class RNLI training and outstanding team work between the coast guard teams and four RNLI lifeboats contributed to this fantastic outcome and a life being saved off the Anglesey coast today.’

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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 inshore lifeboat towing the RIB following the successful search for the missing man.
• This year’s Moelfre Lifeboat day will be held on Saturday August 15th 2015.
• 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.

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May 30

German-yacht-brought-to-safety-by-Tynemouth-RNLI-lifeboat

Byline: A yacht was towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat on Thursday evening after the vessel's engine failed, leaving it and her six crew in difficulty 8 miles south east of the Tyne piers.
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The skipper of the 12m Baxkiste called for assistance as they were passing the north east coast during a race from the German island of Heligoland to Edinburgh.

Humber Coastguard requested Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat to launch at 8.16pm which reached the Baxkiste 20 minutes later. The lifeboat crew assessed the situation and The Baxkiste sailed without assistance part of the way to the Tyne before her sails were lowered and the lifeboat's tow rope attached. The yacht was then towed to Royal Quays Marina and once safely tied up, the lifeboat returned to station, arriving back at 9.50pm

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station said: ' Although the Baxkiste could still sail, having an engine as an emergency backup is essential and carrying on without it would have been inadvisable, and it would have been impossible for them to navigate in harbour.

'Although the yachtsmen had arranged for repairs to be carried out at Royal Quays Marina, the RNLI lifeboat was needed to tow the yacht into the harbour and put her alongside a berth.

'The rescue comes just a day after the lifeboat was launched to another German yacht 85 miles out to sea after its emergency distress beacon was activated, however this was found to be a false alarm by an RAF rescue helicopter sent to investigate, and the lifeboat was stood down and returned after travelling 20 miles out to sea.'

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For more information: Please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07834 731833

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1862 although there have been lifeboats on the river Tyne since the world's first purpose built lifeboat was launched here in 1790. The station has 30 volunteer crew members who come from all walks of life. We operate two lifeboats: The Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland and our D class inshore lifeboat Mark Noble. We have a website at www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org, and you can find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TynemouthRNLI or follow us on Twitter @TynemouthRNLI


May 29

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May 26

RNLI-Kessock-volunteers-take-on-the-H2Only-Challenge

Byline: No tea. No coffee. No fizzy drinks. No wine. No beer. No orange juice. The RNLI is challenging people to give up all drinks except water for 10 days for the H2Only challenge to raise funds for the lifesaving charity.
Page Content: t’s a challenge the whole volunteer crew of RNLI Kessck have set themselves to complete. They admit it’s going to be a significant challenge, but hope that by doing this as a whole crew they can inspire others to take the H2Only challenge or support them in doing it.   

The H2Only challenge runs from 5pm on Tuesday 2 June to 5pm on Friday 12 June, with participants giving up the drinks they love for 10 long days and drinking nothing but water throughout the challenge.   

Commenting on the challenge Kessock RNLI volunteer lifeboat Helmsman Dan Holland said, ‘The H2Only challenge is extremely tough. I know that going 10 days without a morning cup of tea or coffee will be my biggest challenge. Among us there are birthday celebrations going on hold and even a H2Only 25th wedding anniversary party. But as avolunteer crew we are used to challenges and overcoming them. I hope that people will also see it as a healthy thing to do as well as supporting a charity that spends so much time helping people in trouble on the water.   

‘Every pound we raise is so important to the RNLI. As a charity, we rely on the support and generosity of the public so that we can continue to save lives at sea. I’d encourage people to sign up to take on the H2Only challenge, and please stay on the water for those tough 10 days to help us stay on the water.’   

Participants will be able to download the free H2Only app from Google Play and the Apple App Store from Tuesday 26 May. The app is designed to make the 10 days fun, with daily challenges being set and pictures and videos from other H2Only participants being shared. The Apple version of the app is also compatible with the new Apple Watch.   

During the same 10 day H2Only challenge period last year, RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards throughout Ireland and the UK saved 9 lives, with lifeboat crews launching 272 times and rescuing 289 people, while RNLI lifeguards attended 111 incidents and aided 189 people.   

Anyone who wants to support us can do so at justgiving.com/RNLIKessockH2O 

All those interested in taking on the challenge can sign-up now online at H2Only.org.uk   

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Picture Credits: RNLI Kessock   
Picture caption: 'RNLI Kessock volunteers prepare to take the H2Only Challenge'   

Media contacts:   
Dan Holland, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Kessock, 07900 567 496 dnjholland@me.com   
Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk

   
Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk   
RNLI 24 hour Press Office, 01202 336789

May 26

Criccieth-RNLI-lifeboat-assists-powerboat

Byline: At 4.20pm on May 26th, 2015, volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI lifeboat station were tasked by HM Coastguard to launch and assist a powerboat suffering from engine failure in the Porthmadog estuary.
Page Content: The 18ft speedboat, which had two persons on-board, was returning to Pwllheli from Porthmadog when it suffered complete engine failure.  Initially, an accompanying vessel had begun to tow the stricken speedboat out of the estuary, but decided to abandon the tow on safety grounds.  The station's Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, was subsequently launched to tow the vessel back to Pwllheli.  The powerboat's occupants were bought aboard the lifeboat whilst the tow was underway. 

The launch provided one of the station's most recently qualified Helmsmen, David Johnson, with an opportunity to command the lifeboat and her crew during a service launch.  


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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554445316 or ifergwyn@hotnmail.com

May 26

RNLI-Lytham-St-Annes-sends-fourth-Queen-to-Cunards-175th-birthday-spectacular

Byline: Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May, saw a fourth Queen, RNLI Lytham St Annes all-weather lifeboat Her Majesty the Queen join the three Cunard Queens on the River Mersey during Cunards 175th birthday celebrations.
Page Content: The fourth Queen on the river is their all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Her Majesty the Queen that has been in RNLI service since 1993 and named by Her Majesty and funded by officers and staff of the Police service. She has been in service at Lytham since 1999 and she's a bit lighter and smaller at 12 metres than Cunard the 92,000 tonne 292 metre Queen Elizabeth the second largest in Cunards fleet.

She was one of the RNLI 's three lifeboat escort and formed part of the cortège of three magnificent Cunard Liners as they sailed majestically down over one million people at the event followed by millions more on TV and other media worldwide.

The Her Majesty the Queen was joined on the river by Hoylake's Shannon class all-weather lifeboat 13-06 Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and New Brighton’s inshore lifeboat B-837 Charles Dibdin. Although forming part of the escort they were also on standby should their services be called upon. With unprecedented crowds visiting the event their was a significant risk that someone would end up in the water.

In addition RNLI Lifeguards were on duty safeguarding the vast crowds on the Wirral and Crosby shores endeavouring to minimise the dangers of people going into the water, being cut off by the incoming tide or stuck in extensive areas of mud or soft sand.

Supporting the lifeguards New Brighton's hovercraft H-007 Samburgh was patrolling the area between New Brighton and Seacombe on the Wirral bank helping police the sands and groynes to keep people safe from getting stuck in mud or by the incoming tide, prevention being better rescue.

Cheering crowds thronged both banks of the River Mersey as the Queen Elizabeth led the parade escorted by the Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood followed by Queen Victoria by the Her Majesty the Queen as escort and finally Cunard's 150,000 ton flagship Queen Mary 2 by the Charles Dibdin sailed into port with horns sounding. After passing Liverpool's Pier Head they proceeded to do their choreographed synchronised 'river dance' against the backdrop of the Three Graces, a world heritage site which includes the Cunard Building, the company’s headquarters from 1916-1967 and topped off overhead when the Red Arrows when they flew over.

Cunard’s fleet of three Queens were the biggest ships ever to sail in formation down the Mersey. Liverpool is the companies spiritual home where they began back in 1840 and the history of Liverpool and Cunard have been closely linked ever since.

After the event the RNLI lifeguards reported that there were many thousands of people on the beaches of Wirral and Crosby. They took preventative action keeping the sandbanks areas and groynes safe by escorting people to safe ground before the tide was came in. On the beaches they were involved in providing information, advice plus providing first aid in two serious cases, dealing with reports of missing persons and responding along with the hovercraft to a potential mud rescue.

Lytham crewmember Andy Hall on board of Her Majesty the Queen commented “It felt like a moment in history as we sailed down the side of the Queens. It was quite an experience with the Queen Victoria towering above us and thousands of people waving and cheering as we reached the Pier Head followed by the spectacle of the 'river dance' and flypast by the Red Arrows”

He added 'My arms are still aching from all the waving!'

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Notes to Editors

RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton Volunteer Press Officer on mobile 0784 765 8922 - email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912

May 26

Hoylakes-lifeboat-leads-the-RNLI-escort-during-the-Cunards-3-Queens-spectacula

Byline: Bank Holiday 25th May, saw RNLI Hoylake's new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood take the lead of the RNLI escort as the three magnificent liners sailed down the River Mersey in celebration of Cunard's 175th birthday.
Page Content: Craft from RNLI stations at Hoylake, New Brighton and Lytham St Annes were privileged to represent the RNLI as part of the cortège at Cunard's Three Queens spectacular on the River Mersey, watched by over one million people at the event followed by millions more on TV and other media worldwide.

Hoylake's Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood was joined in the river by New Brighton's inshore lifeboat B-837 Charles Dibdin and Lytham St Annes all-weather lifeboat 12-30 Her Majesty the Queen making her the fourth Queen on the river. Although forming part of the escort they were also on standby should their services be called upon. With unprecedented crowds visiting the event their was a significant risk that someone would end up in the water.

In addition RNLI Lifeguards were on duty safeguarding the vast crowds on the Wirral and Crosby shores endeavouring to minimise the dangers of people going into the water, being cut off by the incoming tide or stuck in extensive areas of mud or soft sand.

Supporting the lifeguards New Brighton's hovercraft H-007 Samburgh was patrolling the area between New Brighton and Seacombe on the Wirral bank helping police the sands and groynes to keep people safe from getting stuck in mud or by the incoming tide, prevention being better rescue.

Cheering crowds thronged both banks of the River Mersey as the Queen Elizabeth led the parade escorted by the Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood followed by Queen Victoria by the Her Majesty the Queen as escort and finally Cunard's 150,000 ton flagship Queen Mary 2 by the Charles Dibdin sailed into port with horns sounding. After passing Liverpool's Pier Head they proceeded to do their choreographed synchronised 'river dance' against the backdrop of the Three Graces, a world heritage site which includes the Cunard Building, the company’s headquarters from 1916-1967 and topped off overhead when the Red Arrows when they flew over.

Cunard’s fleet of three Queens were the biggest ships ever to sail in formation down the Mersey. Liverpool is the companies spiritual home where they began back in 1840 and the history of Liverpool and Cunard have been closely linked ever since.

The RNLI Lifeguards reported that there were many thousands of people on the beaches of Wirral and Crosby where they took preventative action keeping the sandbanks areas and groynes safe by escorting people to safe ground before the tide was came in. In addition to policing the beaches they were involved in providing first aid, dealing with reports of missing persons and responding along with the hovercraft to a potential mud rescue.

John Curry Hoylake lifeboat LOM and retired Liverpool Pilot brought in the first liner to the newly opened Cruise Liner Terminal in 2008. He reminisced on board the latest Shannon class RNLI lifeboat, the Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood, that this really was a very special event; 'The three huge, high profile Cunard liners on display have performed a maritime ballet for us off Liverpool Pierhead. Using the most sophisticated equipment they have completed a series of very difficult manoeuvres on the flooding tide to line up abeam of the Cunard Building at exactly the time, 175 years ago, that the first Cunard vessel sailed from Liverpool. A lifeboat had already been established by the Liverpool Dock Trustees at Hoylake 37 years before this date, so we share much of this long history on the Mersey with Cunard.'

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Notes to Editors Station

RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton Volunteer Press Officer on mobile 0784 765 8922 - email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912

May 26

VIDEO-Dramatic-moments-sick-fisherman-is-winched-from-RNLI-lifeboat-to-RAF-heli

Byline: Dramatic video footage of a fisherman, who suffered a seizure two miles out to sea, being winched from an RNLI lifeboat up to an RAF helicopter has been released by the charity that saves lives at sea.
Page Content: Clacton-on-Sea volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 11.55am on Monday 25 May following a Mayday call for help from the fishing vessel to the Coastguard after a man on board began fitting in the Thames Estuary.  

Tim Sutton, RNLI helmsman, said: ‘When we arrived crew member Darren Simper jumped on to the fishing boat to check his condition and give first aid. It became clear very quickly that he needed urgent medical attention.

‘We needed to get him to a hospital fast so the decision was made to winch him up to the RAF Search and Rescue Helicopter from Wattisham which was flying above us. We got into position below the helicopter and took the winch man onto the lifeboat.

‘He carried out his own assessment of the casualty who was then winched up to the helicopter. This is a tricky manoeuvre requiring skill and pinpoint co-ordination between the helicopter and lifeboat crews, but it is something we regularly train for and he was taken on board the helicopter safely.’

The fisherman was flown to Colchester General Hospital while Clacton's RNLI lifeboat made its journey back to station where it was refuelled and ready for its next launch by 1.10pm.

Tim Sutton added: ‘This was a good, quick medical evacuation thanks to our crew and the crew from the rescue helicopter – we hope the casualty makes a quick recovery.’

This was the third rescue for Clacton-on-Sea RNLI over bank holiday weekend. In the early hours of Saturday morning, the volunteer crew were called to rescue a man showing signs of hypothermia, stuck in the mud in the River Colne at Rowhedge.
http://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/12968839.VIDEO__Clacton_lifeboat_crew_save_vulnerable_man_from_mud_in_river_Colne

On Sunday morning, the charity’s volunteer crew were in action once again as they rescued a seasick and exhausted charity rower. The RNLI lifeboat crew retrieved the casualty and he was rushed to hospital, before the rowing boat was towed in to shore.

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Media contacts:
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789       

May 26

RNLI-New-Brightons-lifeboat-escorts-Cunards-flagship-during-175th-birthday-cel

Byline: Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May, saw RNLI New Brighton's inshore lifeboat B-837 Charles Dibdin escort Cunard's flagship Queens Mary 2 as the three magnificent liners sailed down the River Mersey in celebration of Cunard's 175th birthday.
Page Content: RNLI stations at New Brighton, Hoylake and Lytham St Annes were privileged to represent the RNLI as part of the cortège at Cunard's Three Queens spectacular on the River Mersey watched by over one million people at the event followed by many more on TV and other media worldwide.

New Brighton's Charles Dibdin was joined on the river by Hoylake's new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat 13-06 Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and Lytham St Annes all-weather lifeboat 12-30 Her Majesty the Queen making her the fourth Queen on the river. Although forming part of the escort they were also on standby should their services be called upon. With unprecedented crowds visiting the event their was a significant risk that someone would end up in the water.

In addition RNLI Lifeguards were on duty safeguarding the vast crowds on the Wirral and Crosby shores endeavouring to minimise the dangers of people going into the water, being cut off by the incoming tide or stuck in extensive areas of mud or soft sand.

Supporting the lifeguards New Brighton's hovercraft H-007 Samburgh was patrolling the area between New Brighton and Seacombe on the Wirral bank helping police the sands and groynes to keep people safe from getting stuck in mud or by the incoming tide, prevention being better than rescue.

Cheering crowds thronged both banks of the River Mersey as the Queen Elizabeth led the parade escorted by the Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood followed by Queen Victoria by the Her Majesty the Queen as escort and finally Cunard's 150,000 ton flagship Queen Mary 2 by the Charles Dibdin sailed into port with horns sounding. After passing Liverpool's Pier Head they proceeded to do their choreographed synchronised 'river dance' against the backdrop of the Three Graces, a world heritage site which includes the Cunard Building, the company’s headquarters from 1916-1967 and topped off overhead when the Red Arrows when they flew over.

Cunard’s fleet of three Queens were the biggest ships ever to sail in formation down the Mersey. Liverpool is the companies spiritual home where they began back in 1840 and the history of Liverpool and Cunard have been closely linked ever since.

This pre-dates the foundation of the RNLI New Brighton lifeboat station established in 1863 although there had been lifeboat stations in the area since the 1770's. Generations of lifeboat crews have watched the big Cunard liners come and go on the river.

After the event the RNLI lifeguards reported that there were many thousands of people on the beaches of Wirral and Crosby. They took preventative action keeping the sandbanks areas and groynes safe by escorting people to safe ground before the tide came in. On the beaches they were involved in providing information, advice plus first aid in two serious cases, dealing with reports of two missing persons plus responding along with the hovercraft to a potential mud rescue.

Dave Lowe Senior Helmsman at New Brighton said 'It's an honour for the RNLI and New Brighton Lifeboat station to be involved in this event celebrating Cunards 175 years of seafaring history. Like ourselves, Cunard have served the port of Liverpool and the River Mersey for many years and it's fitting that the port is recognised by the three queens paying their respects to the City and the Cunard building that built Cunard into what it is today.'

He continued 'It is also special in that we are on the Mersey with our sister stations Hoylake & Lytham St Anne's. It is great viewing for the public and I'm sure that nautical enthusiasts will have been revelling in the amount of different vessels afloat today. We wish everyone an enjoyable bank holiday and a safe journey home'

Graham Sale Lifeboat Operations Manager at New Brighton said ' It was quite a spectacle watching those great ships sailing down the river and enthralling the crowd with superb seamanship as they manoeuvred into position opposite the Cunard Building. It was a great tribute to our charities dedicated volunteers and supporters that we formed part of the Queens escort and safety cover in the river as well as the RNLI providing vital safety cover on the coast on both sides of the river '

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Notes to Editors


RNLI Media Contacts

For more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton Volunteer Press Officer on mobile 0784 765 8922 - email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 6689