Byline: Margate’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew has provided assistance to a catamaran with three people on board after it encountered steering problems off the north Kent coast.
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The catamaran was north east of the Tongue Sand Tower, around eight miles north of Margate late last evening (Tuesday 30 August) when it suffered a hydraulic failure resulting in a total loss of steering. There were three people on board: the skipper/owner, his wife and their teenage daughter and after coastguards were notified of their plight Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist the craft.
Once the lifeboat arrived on scene it was confirmed that the catamaran’s occupants were safe and well and the vessel was taken in tow back to its berth in Ramsgate harbour.
RNLI Media contacts
·         Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304
·         Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
·         For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


Byline: Flamborough RNLI was launched on Friday morning (27 August) to reports of two people cut off by the tide at North Landing.
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Flamborough lifeboat crew located the two casualties around the West Scar area of North Landing and pulled them onto the boat. The casualties, one of which had a small graze to her leg, were then transferred to the beach at North Landing where they were met by St John’s Ambulance crew. Flamborough RNLI then returned to station at South Landing.

Flamborough RNLI crew member Darren Traves, advised ‘Always check the tide

times before you venture out along the rocks and in the caves and never judge the length of time you have left to get back to the beach by just looking at the waterline, the tide moves very quickly and it can be very deceptive. Visit to learn more about how to stay safe at the beach, near open water and on the water.’

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Laura Hanson, Flamborough RNLI Press Officer, on 07838753286 or

Notes to editors
• Flamborough Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1871.
• To learn more about the Flamborough Lifeboat go to


Byline: Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was alerted on Sunday (August 28) to assist a six metre passenger dive RIB, with gearbox failure, approximately one mile west of Gateholm Island, near Marloes.
Page Content: Another passenger vessel had taken the casualty’s passengers on board and had the stricken RIB in tow, but lifeboat assistance was requested as a precaution.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 4.13pm and rendezvoused with the vessels at 4.30pm. After conferring with both skippers, it was decided the tow would continue to Milford Haven with the lifeboat escorting.

When approaching the Valero Jetty, and after confirmation that both vessels required no assistance, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 5.36pm.

Note to editors

The picture shows Angle RNLI’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason.
Photo: Nick Leach/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: or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789


Byline: During their highly successful open day on Saturday 27 August the volunteer crew of Kessock Lifeboat were in the middle of a mock rescue demonstration for the public when they were tasked to assist a yacht in difficulty in the Beauly Firth.
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Open Days at Kessock Lifeboat station are always hugely affected by the
weather given our position on Craigton point. Last Saturday with very little
breeze, no rain, conditions were ideal for the several hundreds of people who
came to visit us throughout the day.

The always popular home baking stall quickly sold out and despite it
being the end of August there was a rush on people buying RNLI Christmas cards
too. Children’s faces were painted before they enjoyed themselves on bouncy
castles and enjoyed ice creams in the afternoon sunshine in what visitors to
the station described as ‘fantastic day for the family’.

Lifeboat demonstrations got underway mid morning with 3 demonstrations
throughout the day. Invergordon Lifeboat arrived to take part in all three
demonstrations and at around 1.30pm Coastguard Helicopter 951 arrived to take
part in a joint exercise between the 2 lifeboats.

Simulating a vessel on fire just off Carnarc point Kessock Lifeboat
rescued 2 people who had abandoned ship to a liferaft, while Invergordon
Lifeboat extinguished the fire and took the vessel and it’s remaining crewman
under tow to safety. Coastguard Helicopter 951 then winched to the 2 casualties
from Kessock Lifeboat in good view of the spectators on the shoreline.

It was during the third and final demonstration of the day at 3.20pm that
Aberdeen Coastguard tasked the crew of Kessock to assist a yacht with engine
failure that was trying to make it’s way into Inverness harbour in a dying wind
and strong tides.

Still under sail, the crew of the yacht knew they would have
difficulties ahead of them as they got closer to Inverness. Kessock Lifeboat
met the yacht just off Castle Stuart Golf Course, assisted them get their sails
down and then took them under tow back to Inverness Marina where they were
safely berthed and able to effect repairs before continuing their onward

Kessock Helmsman, Myles Evans said ‘The 2 people on the yacht did exactly
the right thing in calling for help as soon as they realised they had a
problem. By doing so they prevented their situation becoming any worse. It was a
simple tow for us back past the station and into the marina and great for the
public who were there to be able to see a live rescue take place right in front
of them’

 As the final raffle prizes were being drawn at the end of the day and
the last cheeseburger being eaten the amount raised was being added up. With
some money still to come in the total raised so far is just over £6,000.

Dan Holland, volunteer Helmsman at Kessock said ‘this is tremendous
amount for people to donate to us here at Kessock, money that will go directly
to helping us respond to whatever situation people find themselves in. We’d like
to thank everyone who came along on Saturday and supported us, we’re incredibly
grateful for the continued support that the local community give us’


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  • Details for attached

1.     Kessock
Yacht rescue shows Kessock Lifeboat alongside stricken yacht. Credit: RNLI

Rescue demonstration show Coastguard
Helicopter 951 and Kessock Lifeboat. Credit: RNLI Kessock

Invergordon and Kessock Lifeboats at the
mouth of Inverness Harbour. Credit: Peter MacLean


  • A sale of a private
    whisky collection is taking place at Dingwall Marts on Friday 2 September at
    12 noon where the proceeds of nearly 200 bottles of malt whisky will be
    given to RNLI Kessock. For further information about the lots please look
    at the Frasers
    Auction Room
    website. For further information about the sale please
    contact Dan Holland.




Dan Holland, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI
Kessock, 07900 567 496

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

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland,
01738 642946, 07771 943026,

RNLI 24 hour Press Office, 01202 336789



Byline: Two teenage brothers were plucked from the sea in a dramatic high-speed RNLI rescue off Skinningrove on Sunday evening (August 28).
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The boys, aged 15 and 13, from Carlin How had got into difficulties while swimming off the beach when the alarm was raised at 8 pm by a trainee crew member of Staithes and Runswick RNLI who happened to be walking on Skinningrove Pier.
Sam Shelley contacted the Coastguard and messaged fellow crew members at Staithes and the inshore lifeboat ‘Pride of Leicester’ was launched within four minutes of the alarm being raised. Eight minutes later the Atlantic 75 had made the four mile passage to Skinningrove and in fast-fading light crew members Richard Pennell and Luke Hutchinson spotted the boys clinging to debris a quarter of a mile off the beach and hauled them aboard.
The crew sped the casualties back to Staithes where they were met by paramedics and Coastguard teams. They were given hot showers and warm RNLI clothing before being taken by ambulance to James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough for more precautionary checks.
It was a night to remember for Staithes RNLI helmsman and Tees pilot Lee Jackson. He was celebrating his wedding anniversary in the Endeavour Restaurant on the High Street in Staithes when the call came and he dropped everything to race to the lifeboat station and take control at sea.
This was a textbook operation that showed the RNLI at its very best,This was a textbook operation that showed the RNLI at its very best,’ said Grant McKee. ‘Just a few minutes later and it could have been deadly serious. The boys were getting very cold, they were wearing only shorts and T-shirts and it would have been even harder to find them in pitch blackness. As it was the crew did exceptionally well to locate them at sea so quickly.’
‘To launch in four minutes from the alarm is just about a record for this station and for our volunteer crew to have brought the boys back to warmth and safety in under 20 minutes is remarkable. Great credit too to our trainee Sam Shelley who raised the alarm in exemplary fashion.’


Byline: The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched this evening to a report of an unresponsive woman in the water by Dingwall
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limited information at the time, the crew prepared the daughter XP Boat to be
deployed once on the scene, to locate what was described a person in the water
by the mouth of the River Conon.

on scene at the Cromarty Bridge at 6:47pm, the crew launched the XP boat with 2
crew in drysuit kits to make way to the given reference point indicated by
Aberdeen Coastguard.

local Coastguard Teams on route, Coastguard Rescue 951 was tasked from
Inverness to the location also.

a short search the Helicopter crew winched a 65-year-old female from the water and
transported to Raigmore Hospital. The condition of the female is not known at
this time.

all searches were complete, Aberdeen Coastguard commanded all SAR units could
be stood down.

the XP Boat recovered to the Lifeboat, the volunteer crew made their way back
to Invergordon West Harbour berth.

Lifeboat was refueled and made ready for service by 9:00pm

Invergordon Lifeboat Spokesman Michael
MacDonald said ‘When we respond to a service call-out, not all the details can
be established beforehand however we ensure that our task is carried out as
effectively and thoroughly until a time more information is received. Tonight’s
service call really puts this into perspective and the crew work together along
with other SAR units to ensure the task is completed quickly and smoothly.’


Byline: In response to recent tragic events at Camber Sands, the RNLI has been working with Rother District Council to provide reassurance to the public by providing a temporary bank holiday RNLI lifeguard service.
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Lifeguards are working alongside the existing local authority personnel.

The provision has now been extended until Sunday 4 September at Camber Sands. This will ensure extra peace of mind to visitors for the remainder of the school holidays.
The lifesaving charity provides lifeguard cover on over 240 beaches throughout the UK. RNLI lifeguards are there to provide safety cover and advice and we would advise anyone who is not familiar with the area to come and chat with the lifeguard. Before visiting the coast you can visit

RNLI Media contacts:
Please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789


Byline: At 11.20am on Thursday the 25th of August, 2016 volunteer crew members from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were called into action after 5 people and 2 dogs became stranded on a sandbank with an incoming tide.
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HM Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the station’s inshore rescue boat, Margret a Nantw, following reports of the party being stranded on the north bank part of Black Rock sands; near the mouth of the estuary. 

The lifeboat was quickly on scene and took the walkers and their dogs ashore in two sets – as the final set was transferred onto the beach, the bank became submerged.  Once ashore, they were placed in the care of Criccieth’s HM Coastguard team.  This season, the Lifeboat Station at Criccieth has attended several similar incidents in which people have walked out along the sandbank without noticing lower lying sands nearer the shore, fill with water.  At times, the water entering these channels can become fast flowing.

Following the lifeboat’s return to station, Helmsman Gordon Emery stated ‘Once again we make an appeal to people walking out on the sandbanks in the Black Rock area to be particularly mindful of incoming tide times.  Information is available at the main entrance and people should allow enough time to make sure they can safely get back onto the main beach’.


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


Byline: Invergordon RNLI held their Annual Open Day in partnership with the Port of Cromarty Firth on Saturday 20th August.
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With mixed
reports of the weather forecast the volunteer fundraisers, volunteer crew and
Port staff pulled out all the stops to ensure it was going to be a day to
remember whatever the weather threw at us.

With a 6am start,
the tents and the infrastructure for the day began to take shape with the mist
rolling in, and the iconic Caribbean Princess only a slight outline figure
close by.

With lots to do
for all the family, the Sun made a very welcome appearance and remained on
station all day! 

The day kicked
off with RNLI mascot Stormy Stan leading the Ardross Pipeband down from
Invergordon High-street to the Shore road venue, with a fine medley of tunes.

The Ardross
Pipeband played down the centre of the Craft Market to officially open the Open
Day which attracted many to listen to the tunes that the band produced.

A fantastic Craft
Market offered displays and goods on sale from very talented crafters like
Gemporia Crafts, Linda’s Patchwork, Shin Horn, Beckmor Crafts, The RVS, Wee
Grey Stag, Fancy Dancy Felt, Tweedie Flowers, Tamara Ferguson, Little Miss
Tweenie and Rab Lights. It was a popular venue for locals and visitors alike,
with many from the visiting cruise ship spending the day at the Port and
enjoying the sunshine and the craic.

With the crowds
continuing to gather and the weather holding up, the famous RNLI BBQ was in
full flow, with queues all day long. 
Visitors were then able to quickly cool down at the Ice Cream van in a
convenient location nearby.

There were lots
of things to see and do: at Paco’s Pet Show all shapes and sizes of dogs and
even snakes competed for a prize in the various categories.  Best in Show was awarded to Franko the Pug
& Jess the Scotty Dog.  (A full list
of winners are found below.) Tours around the Service Base enabled visitors to
see the iconic jack-up and semisubmersible rigs up close, including the brand
new Maersk Highlander rig currently alongside the quay. The Port welcomed a
breath taking Sailing Ship called ‘Thalassa’ whose Captain kindly offered to
berth in the West Harbour and open the ship for tours around the deck.

In between the
events, the musicians kept the atmosphere alive by belting out the tunes and an
excellent display of Highland Dancing from the Ann Noble School of Dance, and
the Colouring Competition where Joanna Duncan (aged 10) coloured away to win
the Remote Control Model Lifeboat that was up for grabs! 

At 1pm teams
gathered in fancy dress to pick out the best looking raft of the bunch (if they
hadn’t already selected and decorated it). They then made their way to the
beach shoreline and waited anxiously for the siren to sound before frantically
paddling around the set out course, trying their best to outdo each other and
scoop the RNLI Winners Shield. With ideal paddling conditions and the watchful
eyes of the safety boats, the rafts took off and battled against the tide and
wind with the Howdens Team from Invergordon winning the race and ILM Highland
coming runner up. The Fancy Dress was awarded to The Marine Hotel who dressed
as convincing Pirates.

The Open Water
Wild Swim was another crowd puller on the day with 14 open water swimmers
taking to the Cromarty Firth to take on the 1 ¾ mile challenge, albeit not a
race but the crowd were very keen to know who completed it the quickest.  The swimmers did not disappoint, with Port of
Cromarty Firth member of staff and experienced wild swimmer Colin MacKinnon
romping home with a ten minute lead from the group in a staggering 41
minutes.  Behind Colin was Terry Gallagher;
tearing up the firth in 52 minutes. The times are listed below for swimmers.

The big finale
was a mock rescue display from the Invergordon & Kessock Lifeboats and
Coastguard Helicopter 951 from Inverness. 
It wowed the crowds with winching operations, man overboard, sea
recoveries, smoke flares and the sheer power these SAR units produce and how
seamlessly they all work together.

Overall the
Invergordon RNLI and Port of Cromarty Firth Open Day was hailed a fantastic day
all round by many throughout the day. 
The crowds enjoyed excellent music played in the open air by Black Rock
Ceilidh Band, Feis Chataibh Ceilidh and the local Ardross Pipeband. The day had
something for everyone, and helped visitors understand the vital work of both
the RNLI and the Port.

Spokesman Michael MacDonald said “The Lifeboat Open day this year was
excellent, with everyone having fun from the Bouncy Castle to the Raft
Race.  The crowds were amazing, everyone
was happy, and we raised an overwhelming £6000 for the RNLI which will go
towards continuing to help save lives at sea. We would like to thank everyone
who came along on Saturday and helped make it a day to remember.”

Chief Executive
of the Port of Cromarty Firth, Bob Buskie also commented on the day “Thank you
to everyone who supported the Open Day, from the staff and volunteers at the
Port and the RNLI to the visitors, passengers and crew who came along, and to
all who took part in the competitions. It was a resounding success and we’re
delighted to have helped our local RNLI raise so much money to support their
critical work. The Port and RNLI Open Day is always a highlight in our calendar
and this year was no exception”.

Raft Race Winners:

Place        – Howdens Joinery (Invergordon)

Runner Up    – ILM Highland (Alness)

Fancy Dress – The Marine Hotel (Invergordon)

Wild Swim Timings:

Place        – Colin Mackinnon   (41.00)

Place        – Terry Gallagher     (52.04)

Place        – Rick Wells               (54.08)

Pet Show Placings

Best in Show            – Franko The Pug / Jess MacKinnon

Reserve Champion – Cosmic Woodhead

Best Coat                  – Lucy Mackenzie

Wagiest Tail              – Roxy Mitchell

Junior Handler         – Lucy

Loveliest Lady          – Fluffty

Fabulous Fella         – Jaffa The Beagle

Over a Year              – Shakira & Fergus Grant

Best Baby                  – Finn


Byline: The captain of the merchant vessel “AASLI” had contacted Holyhead coastguard Co-ordinating centre to ask advice on a sick crew member. He was put in touch with a hospital doctor via a radio link.
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The doctor recommended the crewman should be evacuated to a hospital for further investigations, and the pagers were activated for Rhyl’s All-weather lifeboat crew. The vessel was at anchor some ten miles offshore, and the lifeboat was alongside nearly an hour later. The crewman was assisted on to the lifeboat and was cared for by two of the lifeboat’s casualty care team. The crewman spoke very little English, and so hand signals and gestures were used to help overcome the language barrier. The man was given oxygen to assist his conditions and his condition continuously monitored.  The lifeboat then returned at full speed back to Rhyl, and the man was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital by ambulance.

Coxswain Martin Jones said ” The lifeboat crew worked very well to relieve the man’s condition, and their training in casualty care ensured a successful transfer to the ambulance.”