Sep 30


Byline: The volunteer crews of the Sheerness lifeboats were called out five times in three days to a variety of incidents.
Page Content:

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) Eleanor was launched at 12.41pm on Friday 25 September to reports of a boat making water whilst on a mooring off Gillingham in the River Medway. The ILB and a Kent Police patrol boat arrived on scene and were informed by the two occupants of the boat that they had no emergency pump on board. The police returned to Sheerness to collect a portable salvage pump from the all weather lifeboat (ALB).
On their return, the water was pumped out of the boat but the owner had refused a tow into the Marina where it could have been lifted from the water. The ILB and the police were then released and left the scene. The ILB returned to station at 3.15pm.
On Saturday 26 September the Sheerness ILB launched again at 1.55pm to assist a 23 foot fishing boat with two people on board that had damaged it’s propeller in a position North of the Montgomery wreck. The ILB located the craft and took it in tow in the direction of Southend.
The Southend lifeboat was already out on service elsewhere but eventually took over the tow from the Sheerness crew and at the same time handed over an abandoned skiff to the ILB which they then towed back to Sheerness.
Whilst all this this was going on, the Sheerness ALB The George and Ivy Swanson was called out to a 10 metre motor cruiser with engine failure in Saltpan Reach in the River Medway. The cruiser was located and towed to a mooring in Queenborough Harbour. The occupants were then landed ashore.
Both of the Llfeboats returned to station and were ready for service again by 4.15pm.
The ALB was again in action when it was launched at 2.17am on Monday 28 September to a 50ft tug boat with two people on board that had suffered engine failure off Gashouse Point, Rochester. The lifeboat was stood down shortly after launching as the boat had regained power.
Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: 'This was not the best time to get called out but at least the crew got to see the ‘lunar eclipse’.
The ILB was launched later the same morning at 8.17am to a person trapped in the mud at Gillingham. The ILB crew were on the scene at 8.37am along with the Coastguard rescue team and the Kent Fire Service specialist rescue team. The Southend RNLI Hovercraft had been called and was proceeding to the scene. The male person was safely rescued from the mud by the Kent Fire Service team. The Hovercraft then assisted in recovering the rescue equipment whilst the ILB crew stood by to assist. All units were then stood down and the ILB returned to station at 10.15am.
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        

Sep 27


Byline: At 5.50pm on Sunday the 27th of September, 2015 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat station were tasked following multiple reports of two people stranded on a sandbank on the North Bank area of Black Rock Sands.
Page Content: Both of the station's lifeboats were promptly launched, with the inshore rescue boat being transported for launch at Borth y Gest by road.  The station's Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, was first on scene.  A crewmember was placed ashore to assess the casualties, who were from the east midlands area, and await the inshore rescue boat - tidal conditions were such that the Atlantic 85 moved away from the bank.

Both casualties were soon placed aboard the inshore rescue boat and transported ashore to awaiting members from Criccieth's HM Coastguard team.  By the time the lifeboat was leaving the scene, the sandbank had disappeared under the oncoming tide.

Following the rescue, Criccieth​'s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams, stated "We are currently experiencing very high tides.  At certain times during the tidal cycle, the bay quickly fills with fast moving water.  Without our prompt launch, these two people would have been in mortal danger.  I urge everyone venturing onto the sandbanks to take note of tide times and time their walks accordingly."


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

Sep 27


Byline: A major sea and air search involving two RNLI lifeboats was launched yesterday (Saturday 26 September) after a capsized catamaran was sighted off the north Kent coast.
Page Content: The alarm was raised shortly before 4pm when a merchant ship sighted the catamaran around 25 miles north east of North Foreland, there were no signs of life on the craft which still had a sail rigged. The ship notified coastguards at Dover of the sighting and commenced a search of the immediate area.

RNLI all-weather lifeboats from Margate and Ramsgate were tasked, along with the coastguard helicopter from Lydd Airport and shore-based coastguard rescue teams. Margate lifeboat was able to right the craft and some personal belongings recovered and an extensive search of the area was carried out. After around six hours the search was called off and the recovered catamaran landed at Ramsgate by the Margate lifeboat.

Coastguards and Kent police are endeavouring to gather more information about the origins of the catamaran, a small Hobie Cat type of craft and anyone with information is asked to contact Dover coastguard on 01304 210008

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

Sep 25


Byline: Fishermen, seafood suppliers and restaurant owners joined RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew for the RNLI’s first Fish Supper fundraiser in Wales at Moelfre Lifeboat Station last night (Thursday 24 September).
Page Content:

In a celebration of local seafood and the work of the RNLI charity, a selection of the best North Wales catch was served up before Moelfre RNLI’s new all-weather lifeboat Kiwi launched down the slipway of the newly opened boathouse.

The RNLI’s newest fundraising event, Fish Supper invites people to sign-up to host a fish-themed dinner at home, inviting family and friends to bring along a donation to the charity.

The launch event at the new Moelfre Lifeboat Station saw around 30 guests tuck into canapés with a host of locally supplied seafood, before a main course of good old fish and chips from Moelfre’s very own Coastal Cafe and Fish Bar.

The Fish Supper events aim to raise awareness of RNLI volunteer crew members who sacrifice time with their family and friends to help those in trouble at sea. All proceeds from Fish Supper will help provide the best equipment and training for RNLI volunteers.

Rod Pace, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Moelfre RNLI, said: ‘This has been a fantastic event which has strengthened further the relationship between the RNLI and the fishing community. 

‘RNLI lifeboat crew members are on-call 24/7, 365 days a year and last year over 8,000 RNLI volunteer crew members across the UK and Ireland missed evening meals with their loved ones responding to pager requests.

‘We hope tonight’s event has shown just how rewarding hosting a Fish Supper for the RNLI can be and I would urge as many people as possible to visit to sign up, invite their friends around, find fish recipes and get their own party into full swing.’

Also on the guest list was Tony Clare, RNLI Community Incident Reduction Manager, who wanted to spread the safety message to those out on the seas bringing in the catch.

He said: ‘The majority of commercial fishermen take safety at sea very seriously. RNLI lifeboats in Wales launched 104 times to people carrying out commercial fishing in the three years to 2014 - there were 157 people rescued in this period and sadly there were four fatalities.

‘We want to get these numbers down further and it was great to meet people involved in getting the wonderful produce from sea to plate and speak to them about good safety practices.’

The Moelfre event was organised jointly by the RNLI charity and Cywain Pysgod, a project run by business support company Menter a Busnes, which aims to help make the Welsh Fisheries sector more profitable and sustainable by increasing the value of the catch through identifying new markets and developing new products. 

Caroline Dawson, of Cywain Pysgod, said: ‘The seafood cooked up and served in the boathouse tonight showed just how fantastic local produce is and its huge potential. We are really grateful to everyone who contributed to making the night a success.’

Anyone can take part in the RNLI Fish Supper. Simply go to and register for a free party pack which includes recipe inspiration, party game ideas and place name cards. A Fish Supper party doesn’t have to be held between 9–11 October, but the RNLI asks that all Fish Supper donations are received by 7 November.

Notes to editors:

The attached photos show:

Delicious local seafood produce at the RNLI’s first Welsh Fish Supper fundraiser in Moelfre Lifeboat Station. Left to right: Dan Guy, Moelfre RNLI Coxswain; Phil Howels, Shore Crew, Josh Edwards, Lifeboat Crew Member, Deborah Mahon, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager; Caroline Dawson, of Cywain Pysgod; and BL Taylor, Lifeboat Crew Member.

Tucking into the fish supper in Moelfre Lifeboat Station last night (24 September)

A delicious main course of good old fish and chips from Moelfre’s very own Coastal Cafe and Fish Bar.

All pictures should be credited to Keith Dorrington/RNLI

The RNLI’s Fish Supper video is available to view at and can be sent on request. Please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336000 for a copy of the video.

For more information on the Moelfre event please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

Sep 25


Byline: The volunteer crew of Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were called when cries for help were heard in Queenborough Harbour
Page Content:

The Sheerness inshore RNLI lifeboat Eleanor was launched at 9.21 pm on Thursday 24 September in response to cries for help being reported in Queenborough Harbour, around the area of Queenborough Causeway. 

The lifeboat was quickly on the scene and proceeded to carry out a search of the seafront area from the all tide landing down to Queenborough Creek. A Sheppey Coastguard team who were also in attendance assisted in the search but nothing untoward was found and the charity's lifeboat returned to station at 10.30pm.


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       


Sep 23


Byline: RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat was launched on Tuesday evening (September 22) to assist a 9 metre yacht with a fouled keel, off Mill Bay, near the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway.
Page Content: It was the third call-out in 4 days for the Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason, which was launched at 8.25pm and reached the yacht, which had one person on board, in 12 minutes.

A lifeboat crew member, with a grapnel, boarded the yacht to assist the skipper in freeing the rope which was fouling the keel. Once the rope was free, the skipper tested the engine and checked for damage.

Once satisfied that all was okay, the lifeboat recovered her crew member and returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 9.22pm.

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

Sep 21


Byline: A 9 metre yacht, with engine failure and making little headway while entering the West Channel into the Milford Haven Waterway, was towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat on Saturday (September 19).
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 6.22pm and reached the yacht, with 2 people on board, in 8 minutes.

After confirming that all was okay on board, a tow was connected and the yacht was taken to Milford Docks. There, the yacht was put into an alongside tow and taken to the Mackerel Stage, where she was secured alongside.

With no more assistance required, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 7.45pm.

The all weather lifeboat was alerted again on Monday (September 21) at 11.36am and placed on immediate readiness after a report of a possible person in the water off Hazelbeach, near Neyland.

The police patrol vessel ‘Mike 66’ also responded to the incident and confirmed that the object was in fact a small mooring buoy. With no assistance required, the lifeboat was stood down at 11.58am.

Note to editors


As the sun sets over the Milford Haven Waterway, the 9 metre yacht is towed to Milford Docks by RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat on Saturday (September 19).
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

Sep 21


Byline: Girvan lifeboat crew helped provide a 6th birthday surprise to remember for a brave girl.
Page Content: Ailsa Croll from Dundonald was celebrating her 6th Birthday with a family trip out to Ailsa Craig on Saturday 19 September 2015. What is so special about Ailsa is that at the age of two she was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia, a rare and usually deadly blood disorder. Aplastic Anaemia destroys the bone marrow and red blood cells. So far she has endured two bone marrow transplants, a course of chemotherapy and total body irradiation, all before her 6th Birthday!

This brave little fighter was keen to set foot on Ailsa Craig on her birthday, so the family and friends trip was planned. When Girvan Lifeboat Crew heard about her they decided to give her a ‘Birthday to Remember’. Ailsa was met at the Lifeboat Station by Second Coxswain Gary McGarvie, DLA Ian McClymont, and crew members Henry McMaster, Keith Woods, John Tait and Kerri-Anne Jardine.

After a VIP conducted tour of the station she was taken out to see the Lifeboat, the RNLB Silvia Burrell. Then, much to her surprise and delight, she put to sea. Ailsa assisted coxswain Gary to recover a Man Overboard (Keith) TWICE! And also helped steer the boat back into the harbour.

Back in the station Ailsa was presented with a Birthday Card and Gift from the Crew, and a bag of Lifeboat Goodies, including a Lifeboat Teddy Bear suitably christened ‘Silvia Gary’!

She left the station with a huge smile on her face, and set off on her trip to Ailsa Craig with her family and friends. As one of her party said “You never know the moment when you are making a memory.”

Hopefully we have given Ailsa a Birthday to Remember.

Job well done!!

We all wish Ailsa all the best for the future.

RNLI media contacts:

Craig Sommerville, Girvan Lifeboat Press Officer, 01465 714454,

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

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

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre facts about the RNLIThe 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 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.

Sep 21


Byline: The 24th Annual running of this popular event took place on Sunday 20 September
Page Content:

In glorious Autumn sunshine, 50 runners of all ages and abilities took part in this popular fundraising event for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.
The course for the junior runners was approximately two miles in distance from Marine Parade and down to the Ship on Shore public house and back.

The senior runners had a harder task as they also started at Marine Parade but had to continue to the end of The Leas and then back again, which was amounted to a total distance of five miles.

First junior and also the first girl to finish was Charlotte Tyrell in the brilliant time of eight minutes and 59 seconds. The first of the junior boys and in second place overall in the excellent time of nine minutes and two seconds was Connor Lavender.

The winner of the senior race in a new record time of 26 minutes and 32 seconds and breaking his own previous record by more than two seconds was James Allchin.
Runner up in a time of 29minutes and four seconds was Craig Rousell who was closely followed by Tomas Thorndycroft in third place.

The first lady past the post in the seniors was Sarah Appleby in a great time of 39 minutes and 11 seconds. In second place was Michelle Gruber followed by Kate Ware coming a very respectable third.

After all the competitors had safely finished the course it was off to the lifeboat station which is situated in Sheerness Dockyard for well-earned refreshments and the presentation of the trophies and medals.

Lifeboat Operations Manager at Sheerness, Colin Washford, presented trophies to the winners in each category and also a commemorative medal to everyone who took part in the run.

After the presentations Colin said: ’Our sincere thanks go to Audrey and Les Read, ‘mine hosts’ at The British Admiral pub in James St. Sheerness who sponsored the event by providing all the trophies, medals and refreshments at the Lifeboat Station. Our thanks also to Ash of the Beach Hotel who generously provided the bottles of water which were well received by all the competitors along the route.

‘Finally our thanks go to Andy Wilmore and his fellow Rotarians who marshalled the event and to everyone else who helped out not just on the day but also in the setting up and organising of the event.’


Notes to editors:

• The RNLI Sheerness Lifeboat run is an annual sponsored event usually taking place in September each year.
• The purpose of holding the run is twofold; to raise money for the RNLI & to raise the profile of the Sheerness Lifeboat Station.
• The run has taken place annually for about 24yrs
• The run starts adjacent to “Family Amusements” on the sea wall, Marine Parade, & follows the sea wall to the far end of the Leas & back, a distance of 5 miles. A shorter course is available for youngsters, which shares the start/finish line but turns around by the Ship- On-Shore pub, a distance of less than 2 miles

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  

Sep 21


Byline: After doing a five mile run in the morning the lifeboat volunteers were in action again in the early evening when they responded to a call for assistance out in the Thames estuary
Page Content:

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat (ALB) were called at 6.42pm on Sunday 20 September to a 22foot sports cruiser named Highland Dancer that had suffered gearbox failure and was drifting into danger near the Blacktail Spit buoy in the Thames Estuary.

The ALB launched at 6.55pm and located the vessel at 7.35pm, 12.6 nautical miles from Sheernes, close to the Maplin Bell buoy. The Royal Navy patrol vessel named Trumpeter was standing by the stricken sports cruiser until the lifeboat arrived in case further problems had developed.

A tow line was attached to the broken down craft and it was then arranged with the Thames Coastguard for the RNLI lifeboat station at Burnham on Crouch to launch their B Class Atlantic 75 lifeboat Staines Whitfield to take over the tow due to the boats home port being in the River Crouch, in Essex.

The Sheerness ALB rendezvoused with the Burnham crew at 8.45 pm near to the Inner Whitaker buoy which is some 21 nautical miles from Sheerness and the tow was transferred. The Sheerness lifeboat was then released for passage back to station in Sheerness docks and arrived home at 10.05 pm.

After cleaning and refuelling the ALB was ready for duty again at 10.30pm.

Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ‘For some of the crew this was a very long day as they had taken part in the stations five mile annual Lifeboat Run which took place earlier on that morning.’
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