Nov 30

Conwy-and-Llandudno-RNLI-lifeboats-receive-generous-donation-from-local-church

Byline: Conwy and Llandudno RNLI lifeboats were the recipients of a generous donation worth more than £1500 this weekend. The money, which has been split equally between the stations, has been raised as part of the i61 Church’s ‘£10 challenge’.
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The challenge is an annual 6 week long fundraising campaign which aims to raise significant money for 10 nominated local charities and is currently in its third year. Members of the church and the local community were given £10 each at the launch event in September and the challenge was to use the £10 and raise as much money as possible. The two RNLI lifeboat stations were nominated by a local councillor to become one of the community charities/organisations to benefit from funds raised.

This year’s challenge was concluded in a final event on Sunday 29th November at a local cinema where the church meets every week. The final fundraising figure revealed this year was £15,584.61 which has been split. Representatives for the RNLI were present (pictured) to receive cheques for the stations and thank the congregation for their magnificent efforts. 

The RNLI is independent of HM Coastguard and government and therefore, depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Both stations are very grateful of this donation and would like to thank i61 church and the local community, which included a vast majority of school children, for their efforts. 

Further details on the challenge can be found at http://i61.church/10quidchallenge/  

Media contacts:

• Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513
• Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639
• Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162.
• Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.


Nov 30

Conwy-and-Llandudno-RNLI-lifeboats-receive-generous-donation-from-local-church

Byline: Conwy and Llandudno RNLI lifeboats were the recipients of a generous donation worth more than £1500 this weekend. The money, which has been split equally between the stations, has been raised as part of the i61 Church’s ‘£10 challenge’.
Page Content:

The challenge is an annual 6 week long fundraising campaign which aims to raise significant money for 10 nominated local charities and is currently in its third year. Members of the church and the local community were given £10 each at the launch event in September and the challenge was to use the £10 and raise as much money as possible. The two RNLI lifeboat stations were nominated by a local councillor to become one of the community charities/organisations to benefit from funds raised.

This year’s challenge was concluded in a final event on Sunday 29th November at a local cinema where the church meets every week. The final fundraising figure revealed this year was £15,584.61 which has been split. Representatives for the RNLI were present (pictured) to receive cheques for the stations and thank the congregation for their magnificent efforts. 

The RNLI is independent of HM Coastguard and government and therefore, depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Both stations are very grateful of this donation and would like to thank i61 church and the local community, which included a vast majority of school children, for their efforts. 

 

Further details on the challenge can be found at http://i61.church/10quidchallenge/  


Nov 29

Sheerness-lifeboats-to-the-rescue

Byline: The volunteer crews of both the RNLI Sheerness lifeboats were called upon to assist in two separate incidents on Saturday 28 November.
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The first call came at 2.49pm when the volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) ‘Eleanor’ was called to take over from the Southend RNLI lifeboat which was escorting a 27 ft yacht, the ‘Sandstar’ with three men aged between 16 and 27 years on board. All three were suffering badly from sea sickness due to the very poor weather conditions prevailing in the Thames Estuary.

With the strong south westerly winds blowing against a falling tide the conditions were deemed too rough for the ILB and the decision was made to call out the all weather lifeboat (ALB) crew.

The ALB launched at 3.10pm and met the Southend lifeboat and the yacht with its poorly crew in the area of number six buoy in the Medway approach channel.

Two members of the Sheerness lifeboat crew boarded the yacht and assisted in transferring the three men onto the lifeboat, they then piloted the vessel back to the safety of the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour where it was made secure at 5.10pm.

Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ’The yacht was sailing from Burnham on Crouch in Essex to a mooring further up the Thames in London when all three crew members became too ill to continue their journey and were more than pleased to reach terra firma,  albeit not in London’

As the ALB was returning to station in Sheerness docks they were called to assist another 27 ft vessel which was also in difficulties out in the estuary, this time approximately seven miles from the lifeboat station off Leysdown in the area of the Spile Buoy.

The stricken vessel ‘Foggy Dew’ with two middle aged male persons on board was overheating and running low on fuel due to having to struggle against the rough seas.

A crew member was transferred from the lifeboat and with some difficulty a tow line was attached.

The casualty vessel which had only been recently purchased was on its way from Wallasea Island in the River Crouch estuary, Essex, to a mooring in Queenborough Harbour.

The vessel was made secure at 7.30 pm and the ALB was ready for service again at 8.15pm.

ENDS

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       


Nov 29

Sheerness-lifeboats-to-the-rescue

Byline: The volunteer crews of both the RNLI Sheerness lifeboats were called upon to assist in two separate incidents on Saturday 28 November.
Page Content:

The first call came at 2.49pm when the volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) ‘Eleanor’ was called to take over from the Southend RNLI lifeboat which was escorting a 27 ft yacht, the ‘Sandstar’ with three men aged between 16 and 27 years on board. All three were suffering badly from sea sickness due to the very poor weather conditions prevailing in the Thames Estuary.

With the strong south westerly winds blowing against a falling tide the conditions were deemed too rough for the ILB and the decision was made to call out the all weather lifeboat (ALB) crew.

The ALB launched at 3.10pm and met the Southend lifeboat and the yacht with its poorly crew in the area of number six buoy in the Medway approach channel.

Two members of the Sheerness lifeboat crew boarded the yacht and assisted in transferring the three men onto the lifeboat, they then piloted the vessel back to the safety of the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour where it was made secure at 5.10pm.

Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ’The yacht was sailing from Burnham on Crouch in Essex to a mooring further up the Thames in London when all three crew members became too ill to continue their journey and were more than pleased to reach terra firma,  albeit not in London’

As the ALB was returning to station in Sheerness docks they were called to assist another 27 ft vessel which was also in difficulties out in the estuary, this time approximately seven miles from the lifeboat station off Leysdown in the area of the Spile Buoy.

The stricken vessel ‘Foggy Dew’ with two middle aged male persons on board was overheating and running low on fuel due to having to struggle against the rough seas.

A crew member was transferred from the lifeboat and with some difficulty a tow line was attached.

The casualty vessel which had only been recently purchased was on its way from Wallasea Island in the River Crouch estuary, Essex, to a mooring in Queenborough Harbour.

The vessel was made secure at 7.30 pm and the ALB was ready for service again at 8.15pm.

ENDS

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       


Nov 28

Cancellation-of-RNLI-Reindeer-Run-Sunday-29-November-in-Fota-Cork

Byline: We are sorry to inform you that we have taken the decision to cancel tomorrow’s RNLI Reindeer Run in Fota House and Gardens.
Page Content: The Reindeer Run is a family friendly event with participants of all ages due to take part. With this in mind and with the threat of high winds and falling trees, the organisers felt it would not be safe to proceed with the event. While we are disappointed to make this decision we have done it with the safety of all our participants paramount in our minds.  It is hoped that in communicating this decision tonight that we can reach all the participants in time before they travel to the event tomorrow.

We hope to reschedule the event, and will be in touch with you shortly with further details. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the RNLI Reindeer Run.


Best regards,
The Reindeer Run Team. 

Nov 28

Cancellation-of-RNLI-Reindeer-Run-Sunday-29-November-in-Fota-Cork

Byline: We are sorry to inform you that we have taken the decision to cancel tomorrow’s RNLI Reindeer Run in Fota House and Gardens.
Page Content: The Reindeer Run is a family friendly event with participants of all ages due to take part. With this in mind and with the threat of high winds and falling trees, the organisers felt it would not be safe to proceed with the event. While we are disappointed to make this decision we have done it with the interests of the safety of all our participants paramount in our minds.  It is hoped that in communicating this decision tonight that we can reach all the participants in time before they travel to the event tomorrow.

We hope to reschedule the event, and will be in touch with you shortly with further details. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the RNLI Reindeer Run.


Best regards,
The Reindeer Run Team. 

Nov 26

Rhyl-RNLI-assist-yachtsman-with-engine-failure-in-Rhyl-harbour

Byline: Rhyl harbourmaster was supervising a yachtsman who was shifting his vessel from a mooring in Rhyl harbour to the slipway, to be recovered for the winter, at 10.42am on Thursday 26th November.
Page Content: As the man was turning his yacht towards the slipway, his engine failed. He was swept across the harbour and was in danger of being trapped under the new Pont -Y-Ddraig pedestrian bridge. He managed to get a line on a mooring buoy, and was held against the opposite harbour wall. 
The harbourmaster contacted Holyhead Coastguard by radio, and the volunteer crew were paged. The inshore lifeboat was launched into a moderately choppy sea, and made it's way to the harbour. The lifeboat crew came up on the vessel, and managed to tow it away from the sea wall, and then took it across Rhyl harbour to the slipway, where the boat was recovered.
As the sea was quite rough off the station, the lifeboat was recovered at the slipway in the harbour, and was returned to station by road at 11.42am.

Nov 26

Rhyl-RNLI-assist-yachtsman-with-engine-failure-in-Rhyl-harbour

Byline: Rhyl harbourmaster was supervising a yachtsman who was shifting his vessel from a mooring in Rhyl harbour to the slipway, to be recovered for the winter, at 10.42am on Thursday 26th November.
Page Content: As the man was turning his yacht towards the slipway, his engine failed. He was swept across the harbour and was in danger of being trapped under the new Pont -Y-Ddraig pedestrian bridge. He managed to get a line on a mooring buoy, and was held against the opposite harbour wall. 
The harbourmaster contacted Holyhead Coastguard by radio, and the volunteer crew were paged. The inshore lifeboat was launched into a moderately choppy sea, and made it's way to the harbour. The lifeboat crew came up on the vessel, and managed to tow it away from the sea wall, and then took it across Rhyl harbour to the slipway, where the boat was recovered.
As the sea was quite rough off the station, the lifeboat was recovered at the slipway in the harbour, and was returned to station by road at 11.42am.

Nov 26

Eastbourne-lifeboat-in-Beachy-Head-search

Byline: Eastbourne inshore lifeboat was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard on Monday evening to search for suspected missing persons at Beachy Head
Page Content: Local coastguard cliff rescue personnel discovered tyre tracks close to the cliff edge in a notorious suicide area close to Beachy Head and feared the worst. Unable to see the beach as darkness descended the assistance of Eastbourne inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested. The volunteer ILB launched at 17.30pm in near freezing conditions and conducted a thorough search of the area including a foot patrol of the beach. With nothing found the search was eventually called off two hours later and the crew returned to station for a well earned cup of hot tea. ​

Nov 26

Eastbourne-lifeboat-in-Beachy-Head-search

Byline: Eastbourne inshore lifeboat was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard on Monday evening to search for suspected missing persons at Beachy Head
Page Content: Local coastguard cliff rescue personnel discovered tyre tracks close to the cliff edge in a notorious suicide area close to Beachy Head and feared the worst. Unable to see the beach as darkness descended the assistance of Eastbourne inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested. The volunteer ILB launched at 17.30pm in near freezing conditions and conducted a thorough search of the area including a foot patrol of the beach. With nothing found the search was eventually called off two hours later and the crew returned to station for a well earned cup of hot tea. ​