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Byline: A BOAT usually used to transport RNLI volunteer crew to and from a moored lifeboat has become a favourite sun-bathing spot for a bolshie bull seal.
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The boarding boat at St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Station is usually used to ferry crew to and from the Tamar class lifeboat Norah Wortley, which is being kept on a mooring until the charity’s new state-of-the-art lifeboat station is completed next year.

But now the small boarding vessel has become a regular hang out spot for a local seal which has taken to hopping on board.

The bull seal, which is well known to the RNLI charity’s volunteer crew and local tourist boat owners, is 7-8 foot long and was last snapped taking some sun on the inflatable this week.

The adventurous animal has even been seen on board when lifeboat crew have needed the boat for a training exercise and it also likes getting onto the Tamar lifeboat’s mooring buoy and has been pictured lying right above a “keep off” sign.

Dai John, St Davids RNLI Coxswain, said: ‘Usually he is in the mood that when you get within about 20m he will slide off and swim away, but sometimes he can be feeling a bit more assertive and we have to work around him a little bit. But he always moves on pretty quickly.

‘He’s not a new face around here – he has been around for four or five years – and he is not the first seal to make themselves known either. But recently the RNLI boarding boat has been his favourite.

‘It is an open boat with no seats in the middle so there is more space for him to stretch out.

‘There is soft mattress in the boat, which is meant to protect the crew members’ knees – he quite likes lying on that.

‘His presence doesn’t impact on our ability to save lives at sea at all so he is a welcome visitor.’

St Davids RNLI, which launched its lifeboats 37 times, rescued 25 people and saved four lives in 2014, will move into the new purpose built lifeboat station next door next year. The current boathouse, which was opened in 1912, is no longer fit for purpose.

The new build project includes a boathouse and slipway for the station’s new Tamar class lifeboat and additional space to accommodate the smaller D-class inshore lifeboat. The boathouse will include modern facilities including a drying room for kit and better provision for crew training and equipment maintenance.  There will be better access to the station which is important for the delivery of equipment and, more importantly, for the evacuation of casualties brought in by the lifeboat.

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Note – all pics must be credited to: Venture Jet (www.venturejet.co.uk)

For more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk.

Byline: A BOAT usually used to transport RNLI volunteer crew to and from a moored lifeboat has become a favourite sun-bathing spot for a bolshie bull seal.
Page Content:

The boarding boat at St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Station is usually used to ferry crew to and from the Tamar class lifeboat Norah Wortley, which is being kept on a mooring until the charity’s new state-of-the-art lifeboat station is completed next year.

But now the small boarding vessel has become a regular hang out spot for a local seal which has taken to hopping on board.

The bull seal, which is well known to the RNLI charity’s volunteer crew and local tourist boat owners, is 7-8 foot long and was last snapped taking some sun on the inflatable this week.

The adventurous animal has even been seen on board when lifeboat crew have needed the boat for a training exercise and it also likes getting onto the Tamar lifeboat's mooring buoy and has been pictured lying right above a "keep off" sign.

Dai John, St Davids RNLI Coxswain, said: ‘Usually he is in the mood that when you get within about 20m he will slide off and swim away, but sometimes he can be feeling a bit more assertive and we have to work around him a little bit. But he always moves on pretty quickly.

‘He’s not a new face around here – he has been around for four or five years – and he is not the first seal to make themselves known either. But recently the RNLI boarding boat has been his favourite.

‘It is an open boat with no seats in the middle so there is more space for him to stretch out.

‘There is soft mattress in the boat, which is meant to protect the crew members’ knees – he quite likes lying on that.

‘His presence doesn’t impact on our ability to save lives at sea at all so he is a welcome visitor.’

St Davids RNLI, which launched its lifeboats 37 times, rescued 25 people and saved four lives in 2014, will move into the new purpose built lifeboat station next door next year. The current boathouse, which was opened in 1912, is no longer fit for purpose.

The new build project includes a boathouse and slipway for the station’s new Tamar class lifeboat and additional space to accommodate the smaller D-class inshore lifeboat. The boathouse will include modern facilities including a drying room for kit and better provision for crew training and equipment maintenance.  There will be better access to the station which is important for the delivery of equipment and, more importantly, for the evacuation of casualties brought in by the lifeboat.

Media contacts:

Note - all pics must be credited to: Venture Jet (www.venturejet.co.uk)

For more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk.