Byline: The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched mid morning on Sunday to respond to a call made to Aberdeen Coastguard via Wick Lifeboat to take over a tow of a Norwegian registered Sailing vessel.
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The Volunteer crew launched the All-weather
Trent Class Lifeboat at 11.16am to rendezvous with the Wick All-weather Trent
Class Lifeboat around 5 miles north of Tarbetness Point.

Norwegian registered “NORA’ with 2
crew on-board ran aground while attempting to enter Helmsdale Harbour, however
managed become re-floated by time Wick Lifeboat “Roy Barker II” arrived on scene. However the vessel suffered a
mechanical failure, which resulted in no propulsion.


With a keel too big to enter Helmsdale, it was decided to tow the vessel
south towards Invergordon. The Volunteer crew of Invergordon Lifeboat made best
speed to Wick’s southbound position, and transferred 2 crew over to the sailing
vessel to migrate the tow across from Wick Lifeboat to Invergordon Lifeboat.


Wick Lifeboat was then stood down and returned to Wick Harbour around
3.30pm, where it was refuelled and made ready for service.


Invergordon Lifeboat, with the tow
established made it’s way back to Invergordon West Harbour with an average
speed of 6 knots.


Whist under tow one of the
American crew slipped on the deck and slightly hurt his side, after a causality
examination, no further medical assistance was required, but observations were
taken by the Lifeboat crew on-board.


The tow was reduced once within
calmer waters of the Cromarty Firth to allow “NORA” come along side the
Lifeboat to be manoeuvred safely onto a pontoon in Invergordon West Harbour
where it will undergo repairs before making its journey through the Caledonian Canal
towards Dartmouth.


The Lifeboat was refuelled and
made ready for service by 4.30pm


Byline: Words of gratitude for the volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat have been received from the owner of the cabin cruiser ‘Johanna’ involved in the above incident on August 1 this year.
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Tony Weight said: ‘As the owner of Johanna, the cabin cruiser involved in this incident, I would like to say thank you for the incredibly professional actions taken by the crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Eleanor they were fast, efficient and very kind. This is only the second time in my 50 years involvement in boating that I have needed the RNLI but both times I have been so impressed, you can bet I will continue to pay my subs and when you guys and girls pop into my club I will continue to offer you a pint and a handshake.’


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, con tact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789       


Byline: A woman who was seriously injured when she fell on rocks has praised the rescue team who went to her aid, and sent them a video of the incident to use in training sessions.
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Mrs Mariola Constandinou, from the West Midlands, fell on rocks at Charmouth during a family visit in May.

In a letter to volunteers at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis she wrote: ‘Dear Heroes It was a lovely sunny day and I was enjoying my time with my grandson and family strolling along the beach

 ‘At the age of 71 I thought I was young enough to clamber over the rocks and look into the different pools. Unfortunately, I was a little too confident and lost my balance, fell backwards into one of the rock pools and split my head open. I also damaged my pelvis and spine.

‘The doctor said I was very lucky to be alive.  My guardian angel was working overtime that day.’

Mrs Constandinou said she wanted to thank the RNLI, coastguards, first response paramedic, ambulance crew and the hospital ‘for your fantastic help in  rescuing me.’

She said she spent two months recovering while she stayed with her daughter. And she revealed that her daughter, Christthea had filmed the entire incident ‘ and I could see the extent of your rescue and my injuries.’

She wrote:’My son in law has produced a DVD for you of what you did, and I hope you could use it for training purposes if you choose to do so.’

Mrs Constandinou added:’i felt ashamed of all the bother I had caused you and endangering all the people trying to save me.

  ‘My daughter and her husband are now supporting the RNLI on a monthly basis . Once again, thank you…you are all HEROES.’

Lyme Regis RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said:’ This was a delightful letter and the rescue was, of course, very much a team effort involving ourselves and the other emergency services.

‘It is almst certainly the first time a casualty has provided us with a DVD – complete with a music track – of her own rescue.’





Byline: A laughing hoax caller who was jailed for sending a lifeboat on a ‘wild goose chase’ has been criticised by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. (RNLI)
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Alasdair Maxwell Munro, 55, was sentenced to four months after he was found guilty of making a hoax call to HM Coastguard which cost the emergency services thousands of pounds to investigate.

The RNLI Mallaig lifeboat with a crew of seven volunteers spent nearly three hours at sea in worsening weather conditions at night in a bid to find a yacht which Mr Munro had claimed was in trouble in Loch Hourn.

But no yacht was found, no one was in need of help and Mr Munro’s actions then led to a lengthy judicial process which finally ended at Portree Sheriff Court where he was found guilty after a two-day trial.
Police, coastguard officers and the RNLI were called to give evidence at the trial where Mr Munro conducted his own defence.

Sheriff James Scott told widower Mr Munro, of Kyleakin: ‘To be responsible for a false call leading to a lifeboat to be launched in weather conditions far from ideal is a very serious matter.’

The trial heard that Munro was laughing when he made the malicious alarm on 30 October, 2013 – and he also laughed in court which led to a reprimand from the sheriff.

The cost of the false call and the subsequent criminal proceedings runs into tens of thousands of pounds and Mr Munro told the sheriff: ‘All I can do is to apologise for the inconvenience that has been caused.’
However, the RNLI warned that his reckless actions had wasted the time of a volunteer crew and wasted money donated by fundraisers.
The charity also had to be represented during the court proceedings and it had taken several attempts before the case was finally heard, nearly two years after the hoax call.

Richard Smith, the RNLI’s spokesman in Scotland, said, ‘The charity hopes that the sentence handed down by the sheriff leaves people in no doubt that the courts take hoax calls extremely serious.

‘This was a highly irresponsible act by Mr Munro. Our volunteer crew at Mallaig were sent out on what was effectively a wild goose chase. Our resources were spent on a malicious call and, if a real distress call had been given elsewhere, then we would have had difficulty in attending it and the life of someone in genuine distress could have been at risk.

‘This false call took lifesaving resources away on a dark October night. Our volunteers selflessly gave up their time to help someone they thought was in trouble and this incident cost the charity valuable funds.

‘The RNLI will always respond to any request to help those in trouble at sea and, on occasion, there are times when a false call is made with good intent and we willingly go out and ensure no one is in trouble.

‘That is completely different from a malicious call in which someone picks up a phone, spins a story, sits back and waits for the emergency services to be sent out.’

He added, ‘What made matters worse was that this hoaxer denied the offence. So the emergency services had to go through a lengthy court process and then finally give evidence, taking them away from their normal lifesaving duties, before he could be jailed.’

RNLI figures reveal that in Scotland in a six-year period from 2009-14 there were 19 malicious calls. The total for the RNLI was 245.
In 2012 a 30-year-old man was jailed for 145 days after he said he was trapped on Cramond Island, nr Edinburgh. Volunteer lifeboat crew had to be airlifted off the island in 50mph winds.
In 2011 In Shetland a teenager was given 200 hours community service after he falsely said a man had fallen overboard. He had been on a 12-hour drinking spree and later that day there was a genuine emergency for the Lerwick RNLI volunteers.

Notes to Editor: The court case took place at Portree Sheriff Court on 26 and 27 August. Mr Munro did not have a solicitor, he conducted his own defence. A list of previous convictions was handed to the sheriff but no details were read out in court about those convictions.

Pictures: Mr Munro is pictured outside Portree Sheriff Court. (He’s in fluorescent clothing, pictured 26 August 2015) Credit: RNLI/Richard Smith.

Library photograph of RNLI Mallaig lifeboat in action. Credit: RNLI/Nigel Millard.

RNLI media contacts: Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903,

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

RNLI Press Office (available 24 hours) 01202 336789


Byline: Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was called to Medivac a young lady suffering an allergic reaction
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The volunteer crew of Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) Eleanor were called at 3.57pm on Thursday 27 August to medivac a 15-year-old girl suffering from an allergic reaction. The casualty was on board the sail training vessel Morning Star which was moored in Stangate Creek, in the River Medway,when the problem arose.

The ILB was quickly on the scene and removed the casualty and her mother from the Morning Star and then proceeded to the all-tide landing in Queenborough Harbour where they were landed ashore.


They were met by a paramedic from Coastguard helicopter 163, who had been winched down to the scene and also NHS ambulance service paramedics who treated the casualty and then transferred her to Medway Hospital.

The charity’s lifeboat and volunteer crew were back on station at 5.15 pm


Media contacts:
• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 0 at1795 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: A mother who collapsed in the street in Norfolk with her two distressed children by her side was helped by an RNLI beach lifeguard who happened to be driving past.
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RNLI lifeguard supervisor Nick Ayers was driving back from Hemsby beach after dropping off equipment to the lifeguards on Monday 24 August when he saw a woman lying across the pavement next to some traffic lights at 4pm.

The woman, in her early 40’s, was crossing the road with her mother and two children when she began to feel dizzy, light headed and then fell to the pavement struggling to breathe.

Nick said: ‘As I drove along the road I saw someone on the floor out of the corner of my eye and immediately pulled over to help.

‘It was clear she needed medical assistance so I called lifeguard Oscar Moore who was patrolling the beach just 200m away, to come over with a medical bag.

‘Oscar and I carried out medical checks and reassured the two children. We found that her oxygen levels were extremely low and she complained that her throat was tightening up. I suspected she may have either had an allergic reaction to a bite or sting, or could have even been in the early stages of cardiac arrest.’

The RNLI lifeguards cared for the woman until paramedics arrived on the scene and took her to hospital for further treatment.

Nick continued; ‘People may think that RNLI lifeguards only attend water rescues and medical incidents on the beach, but we are also trained as first responders for the ambulance so can help with a variety of medical emergencies.’

Lifeguards in Norfolk will be patrolling the following beaches from 10am until 6pm every day until September 6; Cromer, Sheringham East, Sheringham West, East Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Wells.


RNLI media contacts
• 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 RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at Sheerness was initially called to assist a windsurfer in trouble but ended up rescuing two dinghy sailors.
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The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Eleanor were called at 11.18am on Tuesday 25 August to reports of a windsurfer in trouble off the beach at Bartons Point on the Isle of Sheppey.

On route to the scene, the crew of the ILB were advised that it was in fact a sailing dinghy that had capsized and was in trouble, not a windsurfer as first notified.

When the ILB arrived at the scene, the lone occupant of the first sailing dinghy was being assisted by the single occupant of a second sail dinghy and it was established that neither of the dinghies would be able to make it back to shore without assistance.

The ILB took one person on board and towed both dinghies back to shore and safety at the Shingle Bank.
Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ‘Bboth people were okay and not in need of medical attention and the ILB was back on station at 12.25pm’


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: A display of classic vehicles on the promenade at Minster on Sea helped raise funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, on Sunday 23 August
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More than 60 classic vehicles lined the promenade at The Leas on the Isle of Sheppey on Sunday 23 August with the main aim being to promote the Islands excellent beaches and holiday facilities.

This was the first year the event had taken place and even though the weather took a turn for the worse in the afternoon, the day itself was very successful with lots of visitors and some fabulous cars on display.

The event was organised by The Swale Vehicle Enthusiasts Club who are based on the Island and have raised money for the RNLI at previous shows. With this in mind and not wanting to miss an opportunity, RNLI charity buckets were strategically placed along the promenade and when they were later emptied a sum of just under £200 had been raised.

Sheerness lifeboat press officer Vic Booth said: ‘It was a great idea to put out the charity buckets and even more gratifying when they were emptied. Our thanks to the organisers and to all who donated.’



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, con tact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 


Byline: Margate’s RNLI lifeboat has today (Monday 24th August) come to the aid of a single-handed yacht which encountered problems off the North Kent coast.
Page Content: The craft was around six miles north east of Margate, on passage from the Netherlands to the River Hamble when it encountered problems including apparently being unsure of its position.

The lone occupant established radio contact with a nearby windfarm support vessel who notified coastguards at Dover of the craft’s plight and stood by the vessel. Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist the yacht and once on scene put a member of its crew on board the yacht to assess the situation.

The lifeboat escorted the yacht to the safety of Ramsgate harbour, the lifeboat crewman remaining on the yacht for the passage.

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