Byline: Ten teams of four members from various organisations took part in the inaugural raft race in Rhyl harbour in what is hoped will be an annual event. A lovely sunny day added to the mood of the day.
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The event was co-ordinated by Dave Clarke and Callum Robinson from the crew.

Working with very little funding, the two volunteer members of Rhyl lifeboat crew took it upon themselves to organise and execute the event, by enlisting the help of local businesses and companies to sponsor rafts or to enter teams in fancy dress. The teams had to initially build their rafts with materials given to them beforehand on site, before two heats were held, then a final race around the harbour. The winning team were from Rhyl Yacht club, and the winners of the best fancy dress team were North Wales Property Services. in all, ten teams entered.

All necessary permissions were obtained from Denbighshire County council including the Rhyl harbour master and his staff. Both of Rhyl’s lifeboats attended the events, with additional safety cover provided by Rhyl Aqua adventures team boat from the Marine Lake watersports area. The local boat from the RNLI’s flood rescue team was also present 

Martin Jones, Coxswain of Rhyl lifeboat says” This is the first of what we hope will become an annual event. The crew were amazed by the level and enthusiasm of locals and visitors, who lined the harbour wall and the Pont-Y-Dddraig bridge over the harbour”

The photographs show the events taking place. The day was deemed a roaring success to raise awareness of Rhyl’s part in the local community, helping to get the town of Rhyl back to somewhere near it’s former glory.


Byline: Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has taken part in the dramatic rescue of two people who abandoned their speedboat when it started to sink.
Page Content: Crew members at the lifeboat station raised the alarm yesterday evening (Saturday 18 July) when they observed a small speedboat with two people on board having difficulties starting their engine half a mile off the boathouse.

The inshore lifeboat was launched to assist but before they arrived the speedboat started to sink and the two occupants, who were wearing lifejackets, took to the water and started to swim ashore. They were pulled from the water by the lifeboat crew and the speedboat, which was close to sinking completely, was taken in tow and beached back on the shoreline. The two occupants of the boat were unharmed after their ordeal.

Paul Hodson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Margate RNLI said: “Two elements combined to save these two lives; the fact that their plight was seen early allowing a quick response by the lifeboat and more importantly the occupants were wearing lifejackets. The message is very clear, never go to sea in a small craft without wearing a lifejacket, on this occasion they probably saved their lives”.

Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email:
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 /
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen, RNLI Press Officer, ( (London/East/South East)
• 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


Byline: At 1.10pm, volunteer crew members from Criccieth’s RNLI lifeboat station launched into rough seas following the discovery of an abandoned inflatable boat on Llandanwg beach.
Page Content: HM Coastguard requested the attendance of the station’s Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Doris Joan after the local Coastguard team at Harlech responded to concerns about the boat.  It was unclear at the time what had become of the boats occupants.

As there was a possibility that any occupants could be in the sea, the lifeboat conducted a thorough search of the coastline.  Following a search lasting around an hour, it was confirmed that the inflatable boat’s owner had abandoned the vessel earlier in the week but had not notified HM Coastguard.  They were safe and well.  
The lifeboat returned to Criccieth for recovery and made ready for service​.
For further information, please contact Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer, Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316


Byline: RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat was launched on Wednesday (July 15) to investigate a report of a red flag being waved from a 3M inflatable tender, near the entrance to Pennar Gut in the Milford Haven Waterway. There were two people on board.
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 3.31pm and while proceeding to the area it was reported that the casualty had run aground and was being assisted by a local jetty safety boat.

The safety boat offered to tow the tender to Hobbs Point, Pembroke Dock. As the casualty was safely under tow and no more assistance was required, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to her station at 4.02pm.

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: or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789


Byline: No action was required when the crew of the Sheerness rnli inshore lifeboat came across this long distance swimmer in the Medway estuary.
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Whilst out on a recent training exercise in the Medway Estuary,close to Sheerness, the volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat Eleanor were captivated by this young seal taking a well earned rest on one of the many islands in the area.

Deputy Second coxswain and ILB helmsman Clive Hancock said: ‘There are massively varied experiences in being a lifeboat crew member. Yesterday morning whilst on a training and familiarisation exercise on marshland in the River Medway, the ILB crew came across this little fellow. He wasn’t disturbed and left to wait for his mother to return’


Media contacts:
• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 / /
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 /
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789       


Byline: The ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have launched their open water safety initiative, Swim Safe, as research reveals that a fifth of children have got into difficulties in open water (1).
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The findings also show that while parents are becoming more aware of the dangers posed by swimming in seas and lakes, 26 per cent do not believe cold water would affect a child’s swimming ability. This is despite RNLI warnings that swimming in temperatures below 15 degrees celsius can seriously affect your breathing and movement (2).

Furthermore, nearly half (43 per cent) of parents wrongly believe that if their child can swim in a pool, they will be safe in the sea, and one in eight parents (9 per cent) admit they don’t always supervise their children when they are in the sea or open water.

The statistics are released as the national governing body for swimming, the ASA, and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, launch their annual Swim Safe programme, which this year is also supported by British Olympic Open Water Swimming Medallist, Cassie Patten, and Swimming World Champion Mark Foster.

Now in its third year, the joint initiative gives young people aged between seven and 14-years-old the opportunity to learn about the differences between swimming in a pool and the challenges of swimming in an open water environment.

Jon Glenn, Head of Learn to Swim at the ASA, said: “Swimming in the sea or in lakes is great fun, especially when you are on your summer holidays, but it is also a lot different to swimming in a pool.

“Open water can be very unpredictable; even calm, shallow waters can quickly become dangerous, so it is essential that both children and parents know how to stay safe.

“The findings from our survey show that while many parents are very knowledgeable about the potential risks, there is still a lack of awareness about how water temperature can impact on a young person’s swimming ability. The results also showed that parents don’t always supervise their children, which is a particular worry.

“That’s why as part of this year’s Swim Safe programme we have also provided specific information to remind parents of the need to supervise their children while they are out swimming or playing in the water, and who to call on for help if required (3).”

Pip Hare, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, said: “Combining the water safety knowledge of RNLI lifeguards with the expertise of ASA swimming teachers allows us to provide children with the skills and knowledge they need to keep safe in open water. 

“We’re lucky to have some fantastic stretches of coastline and beautiful inland waterways in and around the UK, and the summer holidays are a great time to explore them. However, we urge families to always swim at a lifeguarded area and remember that, although the weather may be hot, any stretch of open water can still be very cold.

“Cold water can quickly make you tired and short of breath while open water may often hold hidden hazards, so it’s important to make sure that children are closely supervised when swimming.”

Since Swim Safe launched in 2013, more than 6,000 children have taken part in the free programme. This year it has expanded to six locations, with space for up to 12,500 young people to participate and gain valuable open water safety advice and experience.

The sessions are run by experienced ASA teachers and RNLI Lifeguards. Debra Willison, an ASA Swim Safe teacher in Sandhaven, South Shields, said: “Swim Safe really does work. I met a couple whose son had taken part in a Swim Safe session last year. They told me that shortly afterwards they went on holiday abroad and the boy found himself out of his depth and got into difficulty.

“Although shaken, he remembered what he was taught by the Swim Safe teachers and managed to stay safe and call for help. This is absolutely what these sessions are all about and I’m incredibly proud to be part of such an important, life-saving initiative.”

The free 40-minute sessions take place during the school summer holidays at Boscombe in Bournemouth, Brockhole in the Lake District,  Bude Sea Pool in Cornwall, Sandhaven in South Shields, and for the first time this year, in Jersey and on the Isle of Man.

For more information about Swim Safe, including location and session times, people can visit


Notes to Editors
(1) The research was carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of the ASA and the RNLI. 2,000 parents of children aged between seven and 14-years-old were questioned between 5th and 24th June 2015.

(2) Anything below 15oC is defined as cold water and can seriously affect your breathing and movement. With average UK and Ireland sea temperatures at just 12oC, and rivers such as the Thames being colder even in the summer, the risk is significant most of the year. More information can be found here:

(3) Five key points for parents to remember:
1. Always swim in a safe place, such as a lifeguarded beach between the flags
2. Know the people who can help, such as lifeguards
3. Make sure an adult is supervising at all times
4. Cold water makes it more difficult to swim, breathe and stay alert
5. Know how to call for help when you are in the water or on the shore via 112 or 999


Byline: RNLI Angle lifeboat station was among venues across the world which hosted special services to mark Sea Sunday.
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It’s the day when churches and communities unite to remember seafarers and pray for them, their families and those who support them.

As well as raising money to help those who work at sea, the day was celebrated worldwide with services, parades and ship blessings.

The Mission to Seafarers charity works tirelessly to provide help and hope to seafarers in distress in 71 countries worldwide. In 260 ports, every day, the world’s 1.5 million crew men and women look out for the Mission’s ‘Flying Angel’ flag.
RNLI Angle’s celebration on Sunday (12 July) took the form of a service, led by the Rev Geoffrey Howell, Team Vicar for the Monkton Rectorial Benefice, who was accompanied by the Team Vicar in Pembroke, the Rev Canon Roger Jones, and the Rector of the Monkton Rectorial Benefice, the Rev Paul Nash.

The service was held alongside the lifeboat slipway, with the station’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason awaiting her next call-out.

The address was given by the Rev Geoffrey Howell and The Lord’s Prayer and Intercessions were led by Canon Roger Jones. The Dismissal and Blessing were given by the Rev Paul Nash.

The readings were by Sara Hirst and John Allen-Mirehouse, RNLI Angle Lifeboat Operations Manager, and musical accompaniment for the hymns was provided by Lay Reader Sally Denman. Particularly poignant was the singing of the seafarers’ hymn, ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save’.

Donations at the service were in aid of the RNLI. The Angle station, which was founded in 1868, is one of 237 RNLI lifeboat stations around the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The charity is independent from Government and relies on voluntary contributions and gifts in wills for its income.

Earlier in the day, Sea Sunday was also celebrated at Angle’s small 15th Century Seamen’s Chapel of St Anthony in the grounds of St Mary’s Church. The service was led by the Rev Geoffrey Howell and donations were in aid of the Mission to Seafarers.

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The photo shows the Rev Geoffrey Howell (centre) with the Rev Paul Nash (left) and Canon Roger Jones (right); Lifeboat Operations Manager John Allen-Mirehouse, Coxswain Lewis Creese, Deputy Launch Authority Julian Hammond, crew members and visitors. Behind them is the station’s Tamar class all weather 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: or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789


Byline: Two yachts in difficulty off the south Pembrokeshire coast were towed to safety, in separate night time call-outs, by RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat.
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched in the opening minutes of Saturday (11 July), after a report from Milford Haven Coastguard that an 11 metre yacht, with two people on board, was aground at Marloes Sands and needed assistance to re-float.

The lifeboat reached the casualty in 20 minutes, at 12.31am. Due to the limited depth of water, the lifeboat’s Y Boat was deployed and transferred a tow rope to the yacht.

The yacht was towed into deeper water and the lifeboat put a crew member on board the casualty to assess if any damage had been sustained. It was reported that the yacht had slight water ingress, but her own bilge pump was coping.

The Y Boat was recovered and the yacht was towed to Neyland Marina, where she made her own way alongside the pontoon.

With the yacht safely secured, the Y Boat crew member was recovered and the lifeboat returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 3.53am, after nearly four hours at sea.

The second call-out was on Monday (13 July), when the lifeboat launched at 4.12am to assist a yacht off Flimston Bay. The vessel, with two people and a dog on board, had engine failure and was unable to sail.

Once on scene, a tow was rigged and at 4.48am the lifeboat set a course for Milford Docks. At the entrance to the Docks, the yacht was put into an alongside tow and taken to the Mackerel Stage, where she was safely secured.

With no more assistance required, the lifeboat was released and returned to her station to be rehoused at 6.50am.

Note to editors

The picture shows the second of the yachts being towed to safety on Monday (13 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: or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789