Nick has worked in conjunction with the station volunteers for over two years to produce this authoritative history, which tells the story of the station’s rescue work from the days of the pulling and sailing open lifeboats to the current modern £2.7 million, 16m Tamar class Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Kiwi’. The book will appeal to anyone who has an interest in lifeboats, rescue work, the RNLI, shipping, maritime heritage, Anglesey and the village of Moelfre.
The book contains hundreds of photographs, many of which have never been published before, and provides a comprehensive record of Moelfre RNLI’s lifeboats and the proud lifesaving traditions of the volunteer lifeboat crews. Nicholas Leach, editor of the international magazine Ships Monthly, has written over twenty books on RNLI lifeboat stations, but at 220 pages ‘Moelfre lifeboat: An Illustrated History’ is the largest account of any RNLI lifeboat station he has written.
The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station, which has been saving lives off the Anglesey coast for over 165 years, has an outstanding record of gallantry, with four RNLI Gold medals, seven RNLI silver medals and 26 Bronze RNLI medals awarded for outstanding rescues to its volunteer crew. The legendary Moelfre RNLI Coxswain Richard Evans is one of the most famous in the history of the RNLI, having been awarded two RNLI gold medals and one Bronze RNLI medal.
Moelfre RNLI lifeboat crews have successfully completed thousands of rescue missions off the Anglesey coast. Countless lives have been saved from the unpredictable sea by their professionalism, courage and devotion. This book covers all of the medal-winning rescues, as well as many of the other noteworthy services which the Moelfre RNLI lifeboats and inshore lifeboats have performed.
The book will be on sale at a discounted price at an event held at the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station and Seawatch centre from 9am on Saturday 11 July, where the author will be on hand to sign copies of the books and answer any questions. The book launch event will conclude with the impressive sight of an exercise launch of the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ from the newly opened £10 million RNLI lifeboat station.
The book is also available from the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station and the lifeboat shop located within the Moelfre RNLI Seawatch Centre. Copies will also be for sale during the award winning annual Moelfre lifeboat day on Saturday August 15th.
Book author Nicholas Leach said:
‘It has been a privilege and an honour to write and produce this comprehensive history of Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station, which has such an exceptional record of gallantry and now the most modern facilities and rescue craft. I am full of admiration for the fine work of our RNLI volunteer crews. I hope this volume reflects that and is a record of their dedication and lifesaving work along with the outstanding work of the RNLI charity as a whole’.
Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station volunteer press officer Dave Massey said:
‘When ‘Kiwi’ arrived at Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station in March 2013 we decided that a book would be a good way to mark this momentous event. We discussed possibilities with the author Nicholas Leach and along with Moelfre Lifeboat Operations Manager Rod Pace and RNLI presenter and friend Bryan Hughes we started work. This is a wonderfully written and complete history of the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station and it will be a perfect addition to anyone’s book shelf.
I can’t thank Nick, Rod, Bryan and everyone else who has assisted in this book enough and it certainly highlights the proud and rich history we have here in Moelfre. Appropriately the book finishes with the official naming of the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat Kiwi and the opening of the new lifeboat station which was held in June. Therefore it ends with the opening of the next chapter in the remarkable history and proud lifesaving traditions of the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station and the volunteer crews.’
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 author Nicholas Leach with the new book - ‘Moelfre lifeboat: An Illustrated History’
• 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Dave Massey, Moelfre RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer on 07917 267213
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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