Jul 30

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Byline: On Tuesday 28th July at 5.23 pm, Amble RNLI volunteers launched the all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys to assist a cabin cruiser that was in difficulty 4 miles north east of Amble harbour.
Page Content: The skipper of the 21 foot cabin cruiser Bede had reported to HM Coastguard that they had steering problems and requested urgent assistance.  The all-weather lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and assessed the situation.  Four persons were found to be on board the vessel and they were all well.  A tow line was quickly established by the volunteers and the stricken vessel was towed back to the safety of Amble harbour.

Jul 30

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Byline: As the crew of Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat station was preparing to launch for their weekly exercise on Thursday the 30th of July, they were requested to go to the assistance of a speedboat suffering from engine failure near the mouth of the River Dwyfor.
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The well-equipped 4 meter speedboat which had earlier set-off from Criccieth, with one person on board, had suffered unspecified engine trouble and was unable to restart its engines.  Accordingly the lifeboat was tasked.      

Once on-scene a tow was established between the two vessels and they returned to Criccieth.  Two onshore crewmembers assisted with the beach recovery.     


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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316

Jul 30

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Byline: The Moelfre RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were diverted from their training exercise last night (Wednesday) to reports of a person who was in the sea off Red Wharf bay
Page Content: The Moelfre RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were just completing an anchoring drill when they were requested by Holyhead Coastguard to immediately respond to reports of a jogger who had been seen to fall into the sea. The lifeboat swiftly proceeded to the location and due to the shallow water the coxswain asked two RNLI casualty care trained volunteer crew to change into dry suits and launch the lifeboats Y boat along with the first aid kit.  
 
After a detailed shore line search along with Coastguard teams from Penmon and Moelfre and the Bristow’s Search and Rescue helicopter the search was called off when the jogger was found safe and well on shore.

The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat Y boat was recovered and the Volunteer crew returned to station.

Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteer press officer Dave Massey said:

‘Thankfully last night’s search was a false alarm with good intent. However it was a good example of the professional team work between the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat volunteer crews. Coastguard teams and the new Search and rescue helicopter crew’.


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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 lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ with the search and rescue helicopter.
• 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.

Elusen sydd wedi ei chofrestru yn Lloegr, yr Alban a Gweriniaeth Iwerddon

Jul 29

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Byline: At 10.04pm on Tuesday the 28th of July, 2015 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI lifeboats station were requested to launch following reports of a swimmer in difficulty near Morannedd Rocks, Criccieth.
Page Content: Both boats were quickly on scene, whilst two crew members made their way along the beach alongside Police Officers and Criccieth HM Coastguard officers.

Once on-scene, Police Officers aceratined from witnesses ashore that the swimmer had made it ashore safely.  Once located, an Ambulance was called as a precaution. The HM Coastguard helicopter was also tasked to the scene. 

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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer & Crew on 07554445316

Jul 27

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Byline: A 13 metre yacht, with torn sails and unable to make headway in gale force winds, was towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat on Sunday (26 July).
Page Content: There were four people on board the yacht, which was 6 miles west of Skokholm Island, off the South Pembrokeshire coast.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 9.18 am and reached the yacht shortly before 10am.

The casualty drogue was transferred by the lifeboat as a precaution and a tow was rigged, with a course set for Milford Haven.

The tow back to Milford was slow, due to the sea conditions, and on arrival at the entrance to Milford Docks at 1.15pm, the tow was released and the yacht made her own way into the marina.

In the marina, the lifeboat recovered the drogue and was released to return to her station.

Note to editors

The picture shows the crippled 13 metre yacht being towed to Milford Haven on Sunday (26 July) by RNLI Angle’s 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: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789

Jul 26

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Byline: Sheerness RNLI lifeboat was called out by Sheppey Coastguards after concern rose for the safety of a group of young swimmers.
Page Content:

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Eleanor were called at 5.34pm on Monday 20 July by the Sheppey Coastguard, who were concerned for the safety of a group of 11 children who had swum out to one of the buttresses on the new Sheppey Crossing.


The lifeboat crew were stood down at 5.41pm as the children had fortunately come ashore without injuries and were with the coastguard unit.


Sheerness lifeboat press officer Vic Booth said: 'Although this incident ended without any serious consequences, it could so easily have gone the other way and lives could have been lost. Now that the summer holidays are with us, Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station would like to remind everybody of the dangers that exist around the Sheppey coast. Please enjoy the great facilities around our coastline but always be aware of the dangers that exist. The RNLI has just launched its Respect The Water campaign for 2015 and full details can be found here.


'Have fun but stay safe and whenever possible use the beaches where we have RNLI lifeguards in place, they are there for your safety.’

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Media contacts:
• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 0 at1795 880544 / vic.booth111@btinternet.com / vic_booth@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       


Jul 23

Teenagers-stuck-on-cliff-launch-Invergordon-Lifeboat-in-evening-callout

Byline: The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched yesterday evening to the reports of 2 teenagers stranded on a rocky cliff side on the picturesque Black Isle.
Page Content: The Volunteer crew launched the All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat at 7.13pm with a crew of 5 to undertake an extensive search for the teenagers aged 16 & 17 years old.

Aberdeen Coastguard requested the launch to help locate, and rescue the male and female who had become trapped by the rising tide after a walk along the shoreline between Eathie and McFarquhar's Bed, part of the Cromarty Coastal route.  

The Lifeboat crew began its search, which was hampered by the low sunlight along with Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 951 from Dalcross, Inverness.  

The 2 walkers were located just to the west of McFarquhar's Bed perched on the rocky outcrop. One of the teenagers was located approx. 30ft up the cliff was winched on-board to the safety of the rescue helicopter, whilst the male was rescued by lifeboat crew, who launched the inflatable XP Daughter craft as he located lower to the water level.  

With no medical issues found on either of the persons rescued, the female was transported to the SAR base at Dalcross, with the male taken to Cromarty harbour where he was safely handed over to local coastguard teams.

Invergordon Lifeboat Coxswain, Andrew Murray stated “In the light of this evening’s call-out, and the pleasurable weather condition’s, always remember about safety and ensure when our walking along shorelines, you take into consideration tides and accessibility as part of your route planning”  

The Lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 9.20pm

Jul 22

Keep-your-wits-about-you-on-the-beach-says-RNLI1

Byline: RNLI lifeguards on Bournemouth beaches are experiencing one of their busiest seasons to date, and it’s not even the summer holidays yet.
Page Content: Across Bournemouth, Poole and Boscombe the charity’s lifeguards have dealt with nearly 200 incidents, since 15 June helping those in trouble both in and out of the water.

The incidents lifeguards have attended have included anything from reuniting missing children with their parents, helping those with weaverfish stings to water based rescues of people jumping from the pier and a thankfully rare rescue of an unconscious man, by a second year lifeguard on a rescue board. 16 ambulances have been called since 15 June, that’s nearly one every other day

Mike Winter, Lifeguard Supervisor for Boscombe said: ‘The start to this year has certainly been a challenge, the early heat-wave unsurprisingly made the beach an appealing place to visit - there have been days so busy you couldn’t see the sand.
‘Whether busy or not, we’d always advise those coming to the beach to respect the water – conditions can be dangerously unpredictable.

‘James a lifeguard at Boscombe beach carried out a particularly brave rescue, something thankfully not many of the RNLI’s lifeguards have had to experience.’
Second year lifeguard James Wheeler, was quick to respond when an unconscious man was spotted in the water. Pulling the man on to his rescue board, thanks to his RNLI training and surf knowledge James skilfully paddled back to shore where he and four other lifeguards (Matt Edgeley, Dan Miller, Alex Poole and Broghan Smith) gave the man CPR before he was taken to hospital in an ambulance. While lifeguards were dealing with this incident, Ben Radford and Scott Harburn stayed in the lifeguard towers to keep watch of the rest of the beach.

Mike continued: ‘Rescues like this are thankfully rare. While the RNLI train lifeguards to deal with any eventuality it doesn’t take anything away from James’ efforts. He did a great job in difficult circumstances. I’m really proud of all our lifeguards who have dealt with a busy start to the season well.’


Notes to editors
• Photo of James Wheeler on a paddleboard attached – more available
• Mike Winter, Lifeguard Supervisor is available for interview


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Jane Smith, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01202 336789/07747 768788 or Kirsti_pawlowski@or John Brown, Media Relations Manager Ireland on 09876 234561 or jbrown@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
 
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 coasts. The RNLI operates over 237 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 180 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 139,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland

Jul 22

Keep-your-wits-about-you-on-the-beach-–-says-RNLI-Bournemouth-lifeguards-deal-w

Byline: RNLI lifeguards on Bournemouth beaches are experiencing one of their busiest seasons to date, and it’s not even the summer holidays yet.
Page Content: Across Bournemouth, Poole and Boscombe the charity’s lifeguards have dealt with nearly 200 incidents, since 15 June helping those in trouble both in and out of the water.

The incidents lifeguards have attended have included anything from reuniting missing children with their parents, helping those with weaverfish stings to water based rescues of people jumping from the pier and a thankfully rare rescue of an unconscious man, by a second year lifeguard on a rescue board. 16 ambulances have been called since 15 June, that’s nearly one every other day

Mike Winter, Lifeguard Supervisor for Boscombe said: ‘The start to this year has certainly been a challenge, the early heat-wave unsurprisingly made the beach an appealing place to visit - there have been days so busy you couldn’t see the sand.
‘Whether busy or not, we’d always advise those coming to the beach to respect the water – conditions can be dangerously unpredictable.

‘James a lifeguard at Boscombe beach carried out a particularly brave rescue, something thankfully not many of the RNLI’s lifeguards have had to experience.’
Second year lifeguard James Wheeler, was quick to respond when an unconscious man was spotted in the water. Pulling the man on to his rescue board, thanks to his RNLI training and surf knowledge James skilfully paddled back to shore where he and four other lifeguards (Matt Edgeley, Dan Miller, Alex Poole and Broghan Smith) gave the man CPR before he was taken to hospital in an ambulance. While lifeguards were dealing with this incident, Ben Radford and Scott Harburn stayed in the lifeguard towers to keep watch of the rest of the beach.

Mike continued: ‘Rescues like this are thankfully rare. While the RNLI train lifeguards to deal with any eventuality it doesn’t take anything away from James’ efforts. He did a great job in difficult circumstances. I’m really proud of all our lifeguards who have dealt with a busy start to the season well.’


Notes to editors
• Photo of James Wheeler on a paddleboard attached – more available
• Mike Winter, Lifeguard Supervisor is available for interview


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Jane Smith, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01202 336789/07747 768788 or Kirsti_pawlowski@or John Brown, Media Relations Manager Ireland on 09876 234561 or jbrown@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
 
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 coasts. The RNLI operates over 237 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 180 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 139,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland

Jul 21

RNLI-Angle-lifeboat-alerted-to-drifing-speedboat

Byline: RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat was alerted late on Sunday night (19 July), after a report that a speedboat had broken down and was believed to be drifting towards the Pembroke Dock ferry terminal.
Page Content: The speedboat, with two people on board, had no lighting or lifesaving equipment.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 11.19pm and, while proceeding to the scene, it was confirmed that another vessel was assisting the casualty. It also had no navigation lights, but was making slow progress due to the current of the tide.

Once on the scene at 11.36pm, and with no vessels in sight, a search was conducted using radar and searchlights, but nothing was found.

While the Mark Mason was passing Hobbs Point, Pembroke Dock, two members of the public told the lifeboat that the speedboat had been towed towards Neyland. En route there, the lifeboat was informed that the casualty had notified Milford Haven Coastguard that it was safely secured to a berth.

The lifeboat then proceeded to Neyland pontoon, where she offered some advice to those concerned. She was then released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 12.33am.

It was the second call-out in three days for the lifeboat station. On Friday evening (17 July), the all weather and inshore lifeboats were requested to launch at 6.44pm, after a report that a child was in the water and shouting for help, off Milford Docks.

While the lifeboat crew were mustering at the station, it was confirmed that a passing leisure craft had responded and had assisted the child to safety. With no assistance required, both boats were stood down at 6.50pm.

Note to editors

The picture shows RNLI Angle’s all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason.
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: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789