Oct 29

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Byline: On Tuesday 27th Oct at 12.58 am RNLI volunteers launched both lifeboats to rescue a 7 metre yacht from the north side of Alnmouth.
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At the request of HM Coastguard RNLI volunteers from Amble launched both all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys and the inshore lifeboat The Mildred Holcroft to rescue a yacht stranded on the beach north of Alnmouth​.

The unnamed yacht had developed engine trouble earlier on Monday and had become stranded in low water.  It was decided that the rescue would take place later when the water levels were high enough.  The Coastguard had got the owner to shore safety prior to the rescue of the vessel.

The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene first shortly after 1am and quickly assessed the situation. There was a considerable sea swell and ingoing tide pushing the vessel more towards the beach. A volunteer was quickly put on board the stricken yacht.  It was then noted that the casualty vessel had already deployed two anchors forward and astern to help prevent the vessel going any further up the beach. 

When the all-weather lifeboat arrived, she unfortunately could not get close enough due to low water around the stricken vessel.  It was decided that two tow ropes would be joined together and the inshore lifeboat would attach it to the yacht. The volunteer already on-board the yacht secured the tow rope and released the anchors. The yacht was then slowly towed back out to sea. Once the water was deep enough the tow rope was shortened.

The volunteers troubles were still not over at this point as pulling the yacht clear of the surf meant water had entered it. Therefore it was necessary for the salvage pump to be transferred from the all-weather lifeboat to the yacht by the inshore lifeboat. With the water cleared the yacht was towed back to the safety of Amble harbour where it was moored up in the marina.

Coxswain David Bell was delighted with the outcome, he said ‘A difficult rescue and every volunteer played their part magnificently’

 

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Oct 29

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Byline: On Tuesday 27th Oct at 12.58 am RNLI volunteers launched both lifeboats to rescue a 7 metre yacht from the north side of Alnmouth.
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At the request of HM Coastguard RNLI volunteers from Amble launched both all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys and the inshore lifeboat The Mildred Holcroft to rescue a yacht stranded on the beach north of Alnmouth​.

The unnamed yacht had developed engine trouble earlier on Monday and had become stranded in low water.  It was decided that the rescue would take place later when the water levels were high enough.  The Coastguard had got the owner to shore safety prior to the rescue of the vessel.

The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene first shortly after 1am and quickly assessed the situation. There was a considerable sea swell and ingoing tide pushing the vessel more towards the beach. A volunteer was quickly put on board the stricken yacht.  It was then noted that the casualty vessel had already deployed two anchors forward and astern to help prevent the vessel going any further up the beach. 

When the all-weather lifeboat arrived, she unfortunately could not get close enough due to low water around the stricken vessel.  It was decided that two tow ropes would be joined together and the inshore lifeboat would attach it to the yacht. The volunteer already on-board the yacht secured the tow rope and released the anchors. The yacht was then slowly towed back out to sea. Once the water was deep enough the tow rope was shortened.

The volunteers troubles were still not over at this point as pulling the yacht clear of the surf meant water had entered it. Therefore it was necessary for the salvage pump to be transferred from the all-weather lifeboat to the yacht by the inshore lifeboat. With the water cleared the yacht was towed back to the safety of Amble harbour where it was moored up in the marina.

Coxswain David Bell was delighted with the outcome, he said ‘A difficult rescue and every volunteer played their part magnificently’

 

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Oct 24

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Byline: The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched this morning to assist in a shoreline search of the Black Isle to reports of a missing local man.
Page Content: The Volunteer crew launched the All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat at 9.37am with a crew of 7 to undertake an extensive search of the winding shoreline between Ferryton Point and Cromarty Harbour.

Aberdeen Coastguard co-ordinated the Lifeboat search, from Ferryton Point, to West Balblair, around Udale Bay and onwards east to Cromarty Harbour.  

Due the rocky shoreline and shallows of the coastline, the XP daughter craft was deployed to conduct a close visual search of Udale Bay with the All-weather lifeboat slightly further offshore.  

With a search complete on the designated area by both boats, the XP inflatable was recovered and Aberdeen Coastguard requested a new search location East of Cromarty, round the South Sutor and onto McFarquhar’s Bed as a measure of precaution.  

As the Lifeboat began this new search leg, the request to Stand Down from Aberdeen Coastguard was received as the missing male from one of the local shoreline villages was found and receiving care by the Scottish Ambulance Service teams.  

The Lifeboat returned to Invergordon’s West Harbour berth where Lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 11:55am  

Oct 21

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Byline: At just before 11.00a.m. this morning (21.10.15) the volunteer crew of the Plymouth all-weather lifeboat were called out to reports of a sinking fishing boat.
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As with all emergences, getting aid out to casualties at sea in the shortest possible time is always important, and that is especially true in the case of a vessel that is in danger of sinking.


Upon arrival on-scene it was seen that the 10 metre fishing boat with two persons on-board was indeed taking on water and was in a serious condition.

Two of the RNLI lifeboat crew then went on-board taking with them a salvage pump. The pump was then put in action to counter-act the ingress of water that by now was reaching dangerous levels in the boat.

Once the situation was made stable the casualty vessel was then taken in tow to Plymouth and its crew put ashore safely. 



Notice to Editors

For Plymouth lifeboat information:
Barry Perrins Plymouth lifeboat Press officer 07790033796
barryperrins@yahoo.com  


Oct 21

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Byline: The RNLI is the first major UK charity to announce a fundamental change to the way it contacts people. From 1 January 2017 it will only contact individuals who have expressly given their permission for the RNLI to contact them.
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This is an ‘opt-in’ system where individuals choose to be contacted, rather than an ‘opt-out’ system where supporters are automatically added to a list on a database unless they expressly opt out, which the RNLI currently uses.

Leesa Harwood, RNLI Fundraising Director, says: ‘We’re making this change because we believe it’s the right thing to do – the RNLI is lucky to be a well-respected and well supported charity and we need to make sure that respect is mutual and our supporters’ trust is well placed.

‘Charities’ fundraising communications, in particular, have come under scrutiny this year. The RNLI has always prided itself on its ethical approach to fundraising and we’ve been investigating how to reduce our reliance on direct marketing over the last 12 months. Events such as the tragic death of Olive Cooke have made it clear that this kind of change is overdue so we’ve accelerated our move to an opt-in fundraising system.’

This will impact the RNLI’s ability to fundraise and therefore the income the charity needs to deliver its lifesaving service. The charity estimates that a move to an opt-in system will result in a £35.6M loss of income over 5 years. It forecasts that this shortfall will start at about £11M in 2016, falling to £4M in 2020 as the RNLI finds new ways to fund its service.

Leesa Harwood continued: ‘This change will have a financial impact in the short term. We estimate that, even after designing creative new ways to mitigate any shortfall, the RNLI will lose around £35.6M in income over the next 5 years.’

 ‘We understand not all charities are in the same position as the RNLI and that an opt-in system is not a simple or easy thing to adopt, so we’re keen to share our learnings with others and work with the sector to enable those who want to to adopt those aspects of our opt-in strategy that work for them.’

Notes to Editors
Please contact the RNLI Press Office to arrange interviews with
o Leesa Harwood, RNLI Fundraising Director
o Tim Willett, RNLI Head of Funding
o Jayne Clarke, RNLI Head of Marketing

The recent review of charity fundraising practices by Sir Stuart Etherington recommended that charities should exercise greater control over their direct marketing activities. The RNLI welcomes these recommendations; but the charity’s decision to change its fundraising approach goes further.

Press Office contacts
For more information, please contact Isla Reynolds, Newsdesk and PR Manager on 01202 663127, 07899 076224, or isla_reynolds@rnli.org.uk, or Ruth Bessant, Public Relations Office, on 01202 336789, 07884 117369 or ruth_bessant@rnli.org.uk.


Oct 20

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Byline: The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched this afternoon to a report of 2 walkers stranded on a rocky cliff side on the picturesque Black Isle.
Page Content: The Volunteer crew launched the All-weather Trent Class Lifeboat at 3:20pm with a crew of 5 to undertake an search for the 2 friends which were cut off by the incoming tide.  

Aberdeen Coastguard requested the launch to help locate, and rescue the 2 female walkers who had become trapped by the rising tide after a walk along the shoreline coastal path, part of the Gallow Hill, Cromarty Coastal route.  

With excellent searching visibility, the 2 stranded friends were quickly spotted, with the crew ready to deploy the daughter XP craft to navigate into the rocky shoreline.  

With 2 crew on-board the daughter boat, the walkers were safely taken back to the Lifeboat and with no injuries, a brisk trip round the South Sutor headland to Cromarty Harbour where local Coastguard teams were on hand to receive the casualties.  

Invergordon Lifeboat Coxswain, Bruce Rae stated “In the light of this afternoon’s call-out, and the pleasurable weather condition’s, always remember about safety and ensure when our walking along shorelines, you take into consideration tides and accessibility as part of your route planning”  

The Lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 5:00pm

Oct 20

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Byline: RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat was launched on Friday (October 16th) after a fisherman sustained head injuries on board a 12m vessel some 10 miles off St Ann’s Head. Rescue helicopter 187 had also been tasked to the incident.
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason rendezvoused with the fishing vessel just before 3pm. Two crew members were put on board so they could attend to the injured fisherman until the arrival of the helicopter.

The helicopter winchman was lowered onto the lifeboat and then transferred to the fishing vessel. With the injured fisherman stable, the lifeboat manoeuvred alongside the fishing boat to recover the casualty, winchman and 2 crew members. When clear, the casualty was airlifted and taken to hospital.

With no more assistance required, the lifeboat was released at 4pm and returned to her station.

The following day (October 17th), the all weather lifeboat was launched at 8.22am after a 7m charter fishing vessel suffered gearbox failure 9 mile off St Ann’s Head. There were 3 people on board.

On arrival, and when satisfied that all was okay on board, the lifeboat rigged a tow and a course was set for Milford Haven. At the entrance to Milford Docks, the casualty was taken into an alongside tow and placed on the pontoon in the lock pits, where she was safely secured.

With all persons safe, the lifeboat was released and returned to her station to be rehoused at 12.20pm, after nearly 4 hours at sea.

It was the fifth call-out in two weeks for the Mark Mason. On October 4th, she launched at 4.22pm to a report of a 7m motor boat with engine failure near Llangwm Ferry. There were 4 people and a dog on board.

While proceeding to the scene, it was reported that the motor boat had managed to restart her engine, but required an escort as a precaution. The lifeboat rendezvoused with the casualty at Burton and escorted her to Neyland. Once the motor boat was safe in the Marina at 5.04pm, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to her station.

On October 9th, the lifeboat launched at 5.44pm to escort a 7m motor boat, with 2 people on board, to Milford. The vessel, which was on passage from Aberystwyth to Milford, was experiencing mechanical problems near Skokholm Island.

The lifeboat used her direction finder and radar to locate the casualty. Having confirmed that all was okay on board, the vessel was escorted to the Mackerel Stage, Milford. Once the casualty was safe alongside the pontoon, the lifeboat was released and returned to her station at 8.05pm.

On October 11th, the lifeboat launched at 6.53pm to a report of a person in the water off Milford. On arrival, along with a police helicopter and a pilot boat, a thorough search of the area was started. With no sign of the casualty and further reports being received that a seal was sighted in the area, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 8pm.

Note to editors

The pictures show the 7m motor boat, which was escorted to safety on October 9th by RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat, and when she was safely berthed alongside the Mackerel Stage, Milford.
Photos: 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: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789

Oct 18

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Byline: The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat had an early morning call when two vessels were involved in a collision in the River Medway at Strood.
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The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Eleanor’ were called shortly after midnight on the morning of Sunday 18 October to reports of a collision between two vessels in the Bridge Reach stretch of the River Medway at Strood
 
The inshore lifeboat launched at 12.25am and proceeded to the scene of the collision where it was believed one of the vessels had suffered damage.
 
Whilst on route to the scene the Thames Coastguard requested that the ILB rendezvous with a Kent Police unit at Sun Pier, Chatham, where it was expected that the casualty vessels would arrive.
 
The RNLI charity lifeboat arrived at Sun Pier at 1am.
 
The situation was resolved when the damaged vessel was persuaded to come alongside the pier and Kent Police were able to go on board and confirm there were no injuries or threat of danger.
 
The volunteer lifeboat crew checked the second vessel involved for damage and found it to be in good order other than minor damage to its tender.
 
The crew were stood down at 2.12am and returned to station and were ready for service again at 3am.
 
Media contacts:

• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 / vic.booth111@btinternet.com / vic_booth@rnli.org.uk

•James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk

•Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
•For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789       


Oct 13

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Byline: Following the auction of two rare Ferrari’s generously gifted to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as a legacy, RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier said:
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‘We are overwhelmed by the sale price of the two Ferraris, a legacy so generously gifted to our charity by car enthusiast Richard Colton. His legacy will help our volunteer crews carry out their lifesaving work around the coast. In line with Mr Colton’s wishes, some of the money raised from the sale will go towards funding a new Shannon class lifeboat which will be named after Mr Colton and his late wife Richard and Caroline Colton.

‘Six out of ten lifeboat launches are only made possible by legacies, large and small, left to the RNLI in people’s wills. These gifts help pay for the training and equipment our lifeboat crews rely on when they launch into the unknown, in all weathers, day or night to save others.  We are deeply grateful to Mr Colton for his generosity which will be felt most by our volunteers and the people whose lives they save.’

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Notes to editors

The RNLI is grateful for every legacy received – large or small – and as part of Free Wills Month, the RNLI is offering people who are aged 55 or over the opportunity to write or amend their Will for free at participating solicitors in England and Wales (subject to conditions) during October. For more information, visit RNLI.org/freewills .

Media contacts
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789         


Oct 13

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Byline: Delighted Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) fundraisers are celebrating after reaching the £250,000 target in their appeal for a new Shannon class lifeboat on the Norfolk coast one month ahead of schedule.
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The Wells Shannon Appeal reached the quarter-of-a-million pound mark this month following a Herculean effort of fundraising by the local community & lifeboat supporters across the country.

The appeal was launched at the beginning of June 2014 and set a target of eighteen months to raise the £250,000 by the end of November this year.

The money raised will go towards the £2.1million cost of a state-of-the-art new Shannon class lifeboat at Wells-next-the-Sea, replacing the current Mersey class, which after 25 years is nearing the end of its operational life with the RNLI.

Peter Rainsford, Wells Lifeboat Station Chairman, said: ‘to have raised £250,000 in just 17 months is quite frankly extraordinary and testament to the dedication of our volunteer fundraisers and the incredible generosity shown by the Wells community and supporters from further afield.

‘My deepest thanks go to the cake bakers, rowers, swimmers, runners, bikers, singers, golfers, event organisers and everyone else who gave their time and energy to generously raise money for our appeal.

‘All those involved should feel proud of the fact they will have directly contributed to enabling our volunteer lifeboat crew to save lives at sea for many years to come.’

The Shannon is the charity’s latest class of lifeboat. She uses water jet propulsion instead of propellers. This makes her more manoeuvrable and agile in difficult seas. As with other all-weather lifeboats she will be self-righting in the event of capsize and will be able to cope with the roughest of conditions.

Allen Frary, Coxswain at Wells RNLI, said: ‘Thank you to everyone who has donated sums of money large or small. Our Mersey class lifeboat has served us well but the new Shannon will be faster and more manoeuvrable which will better enable us to save lives at sea.

‘The Shannon also has a lot of features which will make it safer for the crew to operate when they are risking their own safety to save others. We are very grateful to everyone who got involved in the appeal.’

With money still coming in from fundraising events, the Wells Shannon Appeal is expected to overshoot its £250,000 target. Any money raised from now on will go towards the funding of a new boathouse to house the Shannon as she is larger than her predecessor. As part of this, the RNLI will be broadening its fundraising efforts to appeal to businesses in the wider region to provide corporate support.

The total cost of the Shannon class lifeboat, her launch and recovery equipment and boathouse will be £5.5 million. As well as the money raised locally, this figure will be met though legacies, donations and the fundraising efforts of the civil service charity, The Lifeboat Fund, which has pledged to raise £1.1million towards the new Shannon for Wells RNLI.

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Media contacts

For further information contact: John Mitchell, Wells Lifeboat Press Officer
07831 103166/01328 710230 lpo@wellslifeboat.org
• John Mitchell, RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Wells) 01328 710230 / 07831 103166 / lpo@wellslifeboat.org
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789