Jun 30

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Byline: A new BBC series all about the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will broadcast from Wednesday 13 July at 9pm on BBC1.
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The four-part documentary series will feature RNLI crew members from numerous lifeboat stations around the UK.

The series, named Saving Lives at Sea, is part of a special volunteering season by the BBC called Do Something Great. It’s a real-life portrayal of the lifesaving work that RNLI volunteers carry out around our coasts 24/7. The first episode will be aired on Wednesday 13 July, with the remaining three episodes broadcast each Wednesday after that, ending on 3 August.

Filmed over the past year with lifeboat stations across the UK, the series portrays what life is like for the charity’s volunteers who must be ready at any time of day or night to help someone in trouble at sea or on the River Thames.
 
Lifeboat crew from stations including; Abersoch, Brighton, Blackpool, Eastbourne, Islay, Rhyl, Torbay, Tower, The Mumbles, Moelfre, Oban, Newquay and New Quay all feature in the series – several of which have, over the past year, carried special cameras and equipment on their lifeboats and welcomed film makers into station life.
 
The series follows dramatic real-life rescue situations, while also uncovering the heart-warming and poignant reasons why people from all walks of life volunteer to put their lives on the line to save others, and the vital support they receive from their families and communities.
 
Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued nearly 8,000 people, saving 348 lives.
 
Saving Lives at Sea will be broadcast weekly from Wednesday 13 July to Wednesday 3 August on BBC1 at 9pm. The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.

Notes to Editors
• RNLI crew members who feature in the series are available for interview. Please contact RNLI PR on the numbers below to arrange interviews.

Media contacts
For more information please contact RNLI Public Relations Officer Laura Haslam on Laura_Haslam@rnli.org.uk / 01202 663181, or Ben Whybrow in the BBC Press Office on Ben.Whybrow@bbc.co.uk.


Jun 30

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Byline: Two beauty queens were passing the RNLI charity fundraising Duckboat race in Dyserth, and they stopped and got chatting to Derek Denton, Rhyl RNLI station volunteer Education and Visits officer.
Page Content: Derek explained the purpose of the event; the fundraising side of the RNLI charity; and it's role in saving life at sea. The beauty queens showed great interest in the event in the community, and offered their services to help and promote the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, at RNLI events around the local area.
A visit to the station was agreed so that the queens could discuss how they could help, and they could be informed of future events that the RNLI in Rhyl was holding, such as the raft race in Rhyl harbour on Sunday 24 July; and the Open day on Sunday 21 August. They were very keen to help in these events.
Miss Galaxy Wales, Kia Owens; and Miss Flintshire International, Rachael Tate, discussed how they could help the RNLI at some of these  events in Rhyl during their year of office.
 They were shown around the station by Derek Denton and other crew members.
 Derek says " I believe this will be a beneficial partnership between the queens and the RNLI in Rhyl, and we are very grateful for their offer to help"
The main photo shows Kia (L) and Rachael(R) with Derek Denton in centre, and Rhyl crew either side. Credit RNLI/Paul Frost MBE.
The second photoshows Derek and the queens on the inshore lifeboat. Credit Callum Robinson, crew Rhyl RNLI.
 

Jun 28

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Byline: The volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay were launched on 27 June 2016 at 7.20pm, to assist a Yacht in difficulties anchored off Grometra.
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Shortly after 6pm the volunteer crew were launched to an anchored yacht between the Isles of Ulva and Grometra to the west of Mull. The Severn Class all-weather lifeboat set off in slightly choppy conditions, out towards Coll then south along the west coast of Mull until reaching the anchorage of Grometra.
 
The casualty vessel was 13 metre yacht with five people on board. The yacht had moved into the anchorage as it was experiencing problems with the propeller shaft. Despite deploying two anchors the yacht was dragging the anchors and being forced by wind and tide towards the shoreline.
 
Due to the narrow entrance of the anchorage the skipper was unable to sail out and due to the shaft issue unable to use engine power to navigate out. The exact issue and seriousness of the shaft issue was unclear, Coxswain David McHaffie decided the safe course of action was to tow the vessel back to Tobermory.
 
An alongside tow was established until we had left the anchorage and out into open water, at which point it was moved to a stern tow for the trip back to Tobermory. On arrival in Tobermory harbour the casualty vessel was safely moored at the pontoons with assistance from the local volunteer coastguard team.
 
The Tobermory lifeboat returned to the berth and was made ready for service at 11.20pm
 
Coxswain: David McHaffie, Mechanic: Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, Crew: Will Thorne, Tony Spillane, Mark Whitaker, Michael Stirling. 
 
RNLI media contacts:
 
Michael Stirling, Tobermory Lifeboat Press Officer on 07921 515686, Mick_stirling@rnli.org.uk or stirling9599@gmail.com
 
Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or richard_smith@rnli.org.uk
 
Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk
 
Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
 
RNLI onlineFor more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/pressKey facts about the RNLI
The 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.
 

Jun 27

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Byline: Lifeboat volunteers from Tynemouth and Sunderland RNLI lifeboat stations were called into action on Sunday afternoon (26 June) as part of a rescue operation to save a 7m fishing boat and its eight occupants after it started sinking.
Page Content: A major search operation was started just after 3:45pm this afternoon after the crew onboard the angling boat issued a ‘Mayday’ distress message stating that their boat was holed and taking on water fast. This information was received by Humber Coastguard who then coordinated the search operation. The vessel was located a mile off Seaburn, Sunderland.

Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was returning to the Tyne after a training exercise with a Coastguard rescue helicopter when the volunteer crew overheard the distress radio call and were heading back out to sea when they were tasked to assist the stricken anglers, along with Sunderland RNLI lifeboat. The rescue helicopter also returned to the area. A rescue water craft was also dispatched from Roker RNLI beach lifeguard unit and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to assist from shore. A number of other angling boats and a sail training vessel vessel that had been nearby kept watch over the anglers until the lifeboats arrived.

After getting to the scene as fast as possible the Tynemouth lifeboat crew found the anglers desperately trying to bale the water out from their boat and immediately evacuated them onto the lifeboat as the Sunderland lifeboat arrived. Crew members from both lifeboats went onboard the boat to set up water pumps in an attempt to stabilise the water ingress. After about 30 minutes it was decided that the boat was stable enough to be towed back to Sunderland by Tynemouth lifeboat while the volunteers continued pumping water out of the boat.

On arrival at Sunderland harbour it was agreed with the Harbour Master to beach the boat on North Sands near The Glass Centre. The anglers were transferred to safety on dry land from the Tynemouth lifeboat by Sunderland RNLI's inshore lifeboat that had now also joined the rescue effort.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station said: ‘This was an excellent team effort from everyone involved. There is no doubt that without the intervention of our volunteer crews the anglers would have been in serious danger of going into the sea as their boat would have sunk in a short time and unfortunately they only had three lifejackets between the eight people. 

'We are all grateful for the support given by the local boating community who responded to the initial distress message to offer their support until our crews arrived.

'The RNLI aims to half drownings in the UK by 2024 and is promoting water safety through the Respect The Water campaign. Comprehensive water safety advice can be found at rnli.org/respectthewater.'

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For more information: Please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07834 731833

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1862 although there have been lifeboats on the river Tyne since the world's first purpose built lifeboat was launched here in 1790. The station has 30 volunteer crew members who come from all walks of life. We operate two lifeboats: The Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland and our D class inshore lifeboat Mark Noble. We have a website at www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org, and you can find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TynemouthRNLI or follow us on Twitter @TynemouthRNLI.

Jun 26

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Byline: RNLI volunteers from Amble lifeboat station were kept busy over the weekend by responding to two requests from HM Coastguard to assist vessels with engine problems.
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The first launch was Saturday 25th Jun at 7.56 pm to assist a local fishing vessel that reported having engine problems 4 miles South of Coquet Island.  The all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys launched and arrived on scene in good time. The skipper of the fishing vessel Dayda II said that they had been able to restart the engines so no tow was necessary. However, It was decided that the volunteers would escort the fishing vessel back to the safety of Amble harbour.

The second launch was Sunday 26th Jun at 4.23 pm to come to the aid of a yacht that had engine failure and was unable to enter Amble harbour. Again the RNLI volunteers form Amble lifeboat station launched the all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys to assist the yacht Vagabond near to the entrance to Amble harbour.  A towline was quickly established between the two vessels and the Vagabond was safely towed into Amble harbour so the necessary repairs could be made.

For more information please contact Amble lifeboat press officer Alan Stewart on 07919 924704 or email:  alan.stewart9675@btinternet.com 

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Jun 26

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Byline: It is with deep sadness that the Rhyl crew wish to announce that former crew member John Povah, died today (26 June).
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On a post on their Facebook page, the crew, led by former Coxswain and now Deputy Launching Authority Peter Robinson (and a great long-time personal friend of John), said,
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing today of John Povah. It is almost impossible to think of being at Rhyl harbour and not bumping into John wearing one of his many hats. Fisherman, diver, lifeboat man, coast guard afloat, historian, story teller, film director, seamanship instructor and if you were doing anything with his beloved harbour he was the technical advisor whether you required it or not! He was known and loved by a huge number of people and will leave a huge gap in our lives. One of Rhyl's, life's true characters. Our JP".

John followed his father George (then 2nd mechanic at Rhyl), into the lifeboat crew, and was a participant in many rescues when he was not at sea himself. John took it upon himself to promote and nurture the charter fishing boat trade from Rhyl harbour, working mostly from the now-gone Marina Service station. He was an inspiration to many young men, putting them on the first rung of a maritime career, or to follow into the lifeboat crew. Many of the older existing crew members owe some or all of their expertise to John, when he took them on as crew on his many fishing vessels, including "Wendy Sue 1 and 2", and "Rose".
John was an excellent diver and regularly undertook trips with Rhyl diving club, which included a young Peter Robinson, destined to become Coxswain of Rhyl Lifeboat. He was also a great friend to a previous Coxswain Bruce Herbert BEM. He was a member of Rhyl fishermen's Association and the Yacht Club.
Later in life, when John was unable to continue his sea-going exploits, he became a forceful and vociferous part of the Rhyl Harbour Forum, who were influential in making Rhyl harbour the attractive and commercial centre of West Rhyl. John was very proud of his local area, especially the harbour, and he could be seen beaming with pride when people met him by the Pont-Y-Ddraig lifting bridge, where he would "trap" them for hours talking of his memories and indeed his hopes for a greater Rhyl.

Martin Jones, Rhyl RNLI lifeboat Coxswain says "Rhyl harbour and seafront will be that much poorer for the passing of a true Rhyl character".


The photographs showing RNLI lifeboat "Anthony Robert Marshall" are credit RNLI Rhyl, and the others are credit Jan Robinson, Rhyl. The last photograph shows John (in blue jumper, centre) presenting the inaugural "John Povah Cup" to the Rhyl Yacht Club team members who won the 2015 Rhyl harbour RNLI raft race.

John will be sorely missed, not only in the local area, but amongst the many friends he made on his travels throughout the UK and beyond. R.I.P.


Jun 24

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Byline: Angle RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was alerted on Wednesday night (June 22) after a report of a kayak drifting off Musselwick Point, near Dale, in the Milford Haven Waterway.
Page Content: The D-class lifeboat SuperG II was launched at 10.43pm and reached the scene in six minutes. It was found that the kayak was at anchor and a nearby fishing boat confirmed that it had been used as the vessel’s tender.

With no assistance required, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 11.18pm.

Note to editors

The picture shows Angle RNLI’s D-class inshore lifeboat SuperG II being launched on Wednesday night (June 22).
Photo: Angle RNLI.

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

Jun 23

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Byline: Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat, along with their colleagues at RNLI Sheerness have responded to two boats in difficulties off the Essex coast.
Page Content: The call came just before midnight last night (Wednesday 22 June) when coastguards were contacted by the crew of a motor boat which had encountered machinery problems and was disabled, the boat had another small craft in tow at the time resulting in two vessels requiring assistance. The position was in the area of the Maplin Sands off the Essex coast.

 

Both Margate and Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboats were tasked to assist the vessels which were soon located near the Blacktail Spit buoy (some 20 miles west of Margate). The Sheerness lifeboat was able to take both craft in tow with Margate lifeboat standing by. With the casualty vessels under tow for Queenborough Harbour on the river Medway, Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was released and returned to station.

 

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RNLI media contacts

 

  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

07974 064304 peter_barker@rnli.org.uk

  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252  tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)

       0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 James_oxley@rnli.org.uk

 

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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Jun 23

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Byline: The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched last night to report of a broken down Rib drifting in the Cromarty Firth.
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The volunteer crew of 7 launched the all-weather Trent class Lifeboat at 9.35pm, in search of a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) reported to Aberdeen Coastguard that had experienced an electrical problem which caused the vessel to become immobilised and now adrift in the Cromarty Firth.

With the crew keeping a lookout, and making way to the given position, the causality vessel was soon spotted near to the given location.

With a tow-line already setup by the sole person on-board to pass to the Lifeboat, the vessel was quickly under tow back to it’s berth within Cromarty harbour.

On the approach to the Cromarty the vessel was brought alongside the lifeboat for negotiation into Cromarty harbour entrance, with the vessel owner and a crew member on board to help assist securing to a mooring on the pontoon.

Once secure, the Lifeboat made best speed back to her Invergordon West Harbour berth, where she was refueled and made ready for the next service call at 10:30pm.


Jun 22

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Byline: Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was launched in the early hours of Tuesday (June 21) to search for a possible person in the water off Hobbs Point, Pembroke Dock, in the Milford Haven Waterway.
Page Content: The first informant had reported hearing a whistle, similar to a lifejacket type, being blown in sequences of three.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 12.31am and was on the scene in 14 minutes.

The lifeboat’s Y Boat was also deployed and an area between the Pembroke Dock ferry terminal and the Cleddau Bridge was searched extensively, assisted by a Milford Haven Port Authority pilot vessel and two tugs.

With no sightings and no further information, the search was cancelled and the lifeboat returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 2.15am.

Note to editors

The photo shows Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat returning to her station after the search operation.
Photo: Angle RNLI.

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