May 30


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.’


Notes to editors
• Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1830. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
• 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:

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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

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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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