Jun 29

Two-rescues-in-one-day-prompts-urgent-safety-call-by-Margate-RNLI

Byline: Margate RNLI are urging everyone enjoying the current spell of fine weather to think twice before venturing out to sea in inflatable dinghies following two calls in one day.
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Late last evening (Sunday 28 June) the inshore lifeboat responded urgently after an inflatable dinghy was seen to be in difficulties off St Mildred’s Bay, reportedly unable to return to shore. The dinghies two occupants had entered the water in their attempt to make for the shore before returning to their craft. The lifeboat crew picked the two up and landed them ashore into the care of local coastguards and an ambulance crew who were called as as one of the occupants showed signs of possible hypothermia.


Earlier in the day the inshore lifeboat was called out after another inflatable dinghy with two people on board was reported to be in difficulties off Palm Bay. The lifeboat assisted the dinghy and ensured they were able to return to the safety of the beach.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority Margate lifeboat said: “People underestimate the dangers of setting out to sea in inflatable dinghies. What seems like ideal conditions are in reality often ideal for being swept offshore by wind and tide. We urge people to take the utmost care with such craft and if used at all then only on lifeguarded beaches during the day time. And most importantly never ever leave the relative safety of them and take to the water.”


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
• 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


Jun 28

Disabled-yacht-rescued-by-Margate-RNLI-lifeboat

Byline: A yacht with eight people on board has been towed to safety after becoming disabled in shipping lanes off Margate.
Page Content: The 50ft yacht was around nine miles north-west of Margate when on Saturday evening (27 June) they contacted coastguards reporting they had encountered machinery problems and required assistance.

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked and quickly towed the yacht clear of the shipping lanes. It was determined that the nearest safe haven was Queenborough on the river Medway and the Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat also launched to take the tow over for the final leg of the journey to Queenborough where the yacht was safely moored.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority Margate lifeboat said: “It is preferred that casualty vessels are towed to the nearest safe haven which in this instance was the river Medway. Arranging Sheerness lifeboat to take over the tow allowed us to maintain response cover in our own area while assuring the yacht is taken to safety.”


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
• 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

Jun 28

Ilfracombe-RNLI-welcome-hundreds-to-celebrate-new-lifeboat-naming-and-dedication

Byline: On Friday (26 June) afternoon, Ilfracombe RNLI welcomed hundreds of invited guests and members of the public to the naming and dedication ceremony for the new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat and Shannon launch and recovery system (SLARS).
Page Content: Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of those who gathered at Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station on Friday afternoon. The intended outdoor event was quickly moved into the lifeboat station as it became clear that the rain was not going to cease prior to the ceremony, and over 350 invited guests, including the lifeboat’s main donor, Mr Barry High, and representative of the SLARS main donor, Mr Jon Dillet and his wife, filled the newly extended building from front to back.

Volunteer lifeboat crew and operational team members of Ilfracombe RNLI stood shoulder to shoulder in the drizzle, flanked by crowds of onlookers, during the proceedings, and led the singing of the National Anthem to begin the ceremony.

The first order of business was to officially open the new Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station. After many months of building works in preparation for the arrival of the new Shannon class lifeboat and Shannon launch and recovery system, RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier was honoured to perform the task of cutting the ribbon and pronouncing the facility open. Divisonal Operations Manager Tom Mansell described the changes to the boathouse, and explained that along with making the boat hall itself larger to accommodate the new equipment, the facilities for the volunteers are now improved, with a larger, more efficient kit room and crew room being among the biggest changes.

Mr Barry High, the main donor of funds for Ilfracombe’s new Shannon, then handed over the new lifeboat into the care of the RNLI. Mr High, who turned 98 less than two weeks ago, has been a fervent supporter of the charity throughout his life, and was recently awarded an OBE for his charitable works.

Mr Jon Dillet, representative of Mr Gordon Hadfield, whose legacy helped to fund the Shannon launch and recovery system (SLARS), then handed this vital piece of equipment into the care of the charity. Paul Boissier was pleased and honoured to accept both the Shannon class lifeboat and her SLARS on behalf of the RNLI, and officially handed them on to Ilfracombe lifeboat.

Chris Wallis, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager for Ilfracombe RNLI, and a former crew member, was given the honour of accepting both the lifeboat and the SLARS on behalf of the lifeboat station personnel. He says:

‘It was an incredibly moving moment when I stood to formally accept the new lifeboat and launch and recovery system. With all of the preparation work that has been done, all the hours that our volunteers have given to their intensive training, and having had the lifeboat officially go on service last week, I did not expect to be as moved as I was.

‘Being tasked with the care of this amazing equipment is a huge honour, and I know that every member of our team feels the same. Now that the Shannon is officially on service, and is in our care, we will begin the next chapter in Ilfracombe RNLI’s history.’

Canon Michael Rogers led the Service of Dedication, with prayers for the safety of the lifeboat and her crew, and a reading by Bob Thompson, Former Deputy Launching Authority and former lifeboat crew member, and then Mr High took centre stage once more to officially name the new Ilfracombe RNLI Shannon class all-weather lifeboat The Barry and Peggy High Foundation. He broke a champagne bottle on the aft deck, to thunderous applause from the assembled crowd.

Mr Dillet followed, naming the SLARS June and Gordon Hadfield, and pouring a second bottle of champagne over her tracks, and then it was time to launch the lifeboat for the manoeuvring display at Cheyne Beach, where volunteer Coxswain Andrew Bengey demonstrated to the crowd not only the incredible agility of the lifeboat herself, but also his own extremely high level of ability, experience and training. Speeding towards the crowd and then coming to a complete stop mere metres from the sea wall drew a gasp from everyone, and people were stunned by the way the lifeboat seemed to dance along the wall, spinning on the spot and skimming over what appeared to be barely submerged rocks.

A cream tea was offered to guests following the demonstration, with entertainment by sea shanty group Anchors Aweigh, and the lifeboat station was abuzz with people chattering about the amazing display that they had just witnessed. Speaking after the recovery of the lifeboat, Andrew was thrilled with the events of the day;

‘We are so pleased to once again have been so well supported by our community, especially given that it was raining earlier in the day when they all came out for the event. It has been an honour to welcome Mr High and Mr and Mrs Dillet and their parties to our lifeboat station, and to have them and our Chief Executive, Paul Boissier, as part of this incredible day. The stars of the day, however, are certainly the lifeboat and the launch and recovery system.

‘We demonstrated very clearly what The Barry and Peggy High Foundation, as a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat can do, in deep and shallow waters, and people were able to see exactly how much easier the recovery of the lifeboat now is, using the June and Gordon Hadfield launch and recovery system. The whole crew takes the responsibility of saving lives at sea very seriously indeed, and with these two new pieces of equipment we will be going forward with the very best and most advanced technology to aid us in that task.’

Ilfracombe RNLI would like to thank everyone who helped to make the naming and dedication ceremony a success; volunteers, staff, and supporters. Also all those who donated anything for the day, including the suppliers of our cream tea, and of course all those who support our charity in any way.

RNLI notes to editors
• Please find photographs attached:
o The crowd gathered at the lifeboat station for the ceremony. Please credit Howard Thomson
o Mr High watching the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, The Barry and Peggy High Foundation, during the manoeuvring display. Please credit Howard Thomson
o The crowd watching and cheering during the display. Please credit Howard Thomson
o The recovery of the lifeboat on the June and Gordon Hadfield Shannon launch and recovery system. Please credit Howard Thomson

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Suzie Tubby, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Ilfracombe RNLI, on 07961 317088 or email Suzie_Tubby@rnli.org.uk, or contact Emma Haines, RNLI Press Officer (South West) on 07786 668847 or emma_haines@rnli.org.uk.

Jun 26

Inflatable-dinghy-with-two-on-board-rescued-by-Rhyl-RNLI-volunteers

Byline: The crew of the inshore lifeboat were called to a small inflatable dinghy with two people on board, being taken out to sea due to a strong offshore breeze.
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The initial report at 2.43pm from a 999 call by a member of the public, said the dinghy was about 1/2 mile off Golden Sands camp in Towyn, but when the lifeboat crew found the dinghy, it was nearly a mile away from it's initial reported position.

The two occupants were taken on board the lifeboat, and they and their dinghy were returned to their initial launch site, safe and well. They were handed over to local coastguard volunteers to give some safety advice.

The lifeboat crew returned to station at 3.30pm.


Jun 25

Two-men-in-inflatable-dinghy-off-Rhyl-rescued-by-Rhyl-RNLI-volunteers

Byline: A memeber of the public on Rhyl promenade noticed the two men, apparently in difficulty about a quarter of a mile off the shoreline by Rhyl harbour. Local coastguard volunteers were also mobilised.
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The crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 6.47pm, within five minutes of their pagers sounding, as some were already at the boathouse for the crew's monthly meeting.

Five minutes after launching, they came up on a small inflatable boat, about two metres long, but there was only one person holding on to the boat. The crew then noticed another person swimming for shore about 150 metres away, but making no progress. The man and the dinghy were hauled on board the lifeboat, and then the other man was picked up seconds later. Both had been in the water for about half an hour after coming out of the dinghy. The two men were taken ashore and handed over to the coastguards and ambulance crew for a check-up and for some sea safety advice.  The inshore lifeboat returned to station at about 7.15pm.


Jun 25

Mystery-surrounds-clothing-found-on-the-beach

Byline: RNLI lifeboat volunteers and the RAF search and rescue helicopter called after clothing was found on the beach at Sheerness sea front
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The crew of the Sheerness ILB Eleanor were called at 11.28pm on Wednesday 24 June to reports of clothing found abandoned on the beach at Sheerness seafront. The ILB was quickly on the scene and a search of the area began.

The ILB was joined at 11.38pm by the Sheerness ALB The George and Ivy Swanson and later at 12.29am by the RAF search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham in Suffolk.

All units carried out a comprehensive search of the area between Garrison Point and Bartons Point and as far North as the Medway Approach shipping channel.

Nothing untoward was found and all units were stood down and the Sheerness lifeboats were back on station at 01.45am.

Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: 'This was another late night/early morning call for the crews but with nothing being found the mystery remains.'


Jun 24

Angle-inshore-lifeboat-in-search-for-missing-man

Byline: RNLI Angle’s new inshore lifeboat was alerted on Thursday (18 June) to assist the police in the search for a missing 24 year old male, last seen in the Pembroke River area.
Page Content: The lifeboat, Super G II, was launched shortly before 9pm and reached the scene in 12 minutes. A search was made of the south side of the river up to Pembroke Caste and then back down toward the Power Station.

With no reported sightings and decreasing water depth, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 10.35pm. Meanwhile, the missing man was found safe and well ashore.

Note to editors

The picture shows RNLI Angle’s new inshore lifeboat, Super G II.
Photo: Martin Cavaney Photography.

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: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789

Jun 24

Inspired Facilities help for LOSSC’s redevelopment

Lee on Solent Sailing Club has just completed the redevelopment of the Signal Station, the beach front part of the popular Club’s premises.
Jun 24

Inspired Facilities help for LOSSC’s redevelopment

Lee on Solent Sailing Club has just completed the redevelopment of the Signal Station, the beach front part of the popular Club’s premises.
Jun 23

Warsash Sailing Club celebrates as members win 2014/15 Volvo Round the World Race