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Byline: Under powder blue skies and in glorious sunshine, the volunteer team at Bude RNLI lifeboat station held a formal naming ceremony and service of dedication for their new D class inshore lifeboat George Bird today (Saturday 18 May 2013). Page Content:
The event was hosted at the lifeboat station where the donor of the lifeboat, Mrs Patricia Bird from Kent splashed the bow with champagne as she named the new lifeboat in memory of her husband.
Byline: Padstow RNLI lifeboat Tamar class ‘Spirit of Padstow’ launched at 8.05pm tonight (Sunday 12th May) to go to the aid of a yacht en route from Ireland making its way to Padstow Page Content:
The yacht, first reported problems some nine miles North West of Padstow, reporting trouble with the vessels engines and experiencing trouble sailing due to weather conditions. The crew managed to make their way to Newland Island where the lifeboat crew met the yacht and fixed a tow.
Byline: Padstow's RNLI lifeboat Tamar class ‘Spirit of Padstow’ launched at 8pm tonight (Saturday 11th May) to go to the assistance of a local fishing vessel Page Content:
The vessel had broken down with engine failure half a mile inside the Newland Island at the mouth of the Camel Estuary.
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Byline: Padstow RNLI lifeboat Tamar class ‘Spirit of Padstow’ launched at 11.45pm tonight (Sunday 5th May) to go to the assistance of a local fishing vessel. Page Content: The vessel got into difficulties off Perranporth when fishing gear became wrapped around the vessel’s propeller.
Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew fixed a tow and brought the vessel back into Padstow Harbour.
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• Padstow lifeboat station has been operating since 1827.
• To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/padstow
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Sue Norfolk, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07816 250053 / 01841 532902 or Tamsin Thomas, Media Relations Manager South West on 07786 668847
Byline: Four men have been rescued from their grounded vessel thanks to the professional actions of the Padstow RNLI lifeboat crew. Page Content: The group were onboard a converted fishing vessel that hit rocks in the Camel estuary as they headed towards Padstow harbour.
The lifeboat crew volunteers launched at 5am this morning (Monday 29 April) when reports came in that the Courageous II had gone aground and was holed and that the vessel’s crew were in immediate danger.
Arriving on scene in just 12 minutes, volunteer RNLI Coxswain Alan Tarby skilfully bought the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Padstow alongside the stricken vessel in very shallow waters. The four men assembled on the aft deck (back) of the converted fishing vessel and were swiftly transferred to the lifeboat.
The RNLI team then headed straight back to the lifeboat station so the survivors could be checked over by paramedics.
Michael England is the RNLI Mechanic at Padstow:
‘This was a very speedy rescue as the four men were in immediate danger with the boat literally breaking up under their feet. Fortunately thanks to Alan’s skilful boat handling in very shallow water we were able to get them off the boat and ashore in minutes and they are all well. Sadly the vessel is breaking up very quickly. They’re regular visitors to Padstow, usually appearing for our annual Mayday celebrations, and it’s very sad to see their boat in such a terrible situation.’
The call came just four and a half hours after the Padstow RNLI team had returned from assisting two people onboard a small yacht that had lost its rudder two miles north of Boscastle. The volunteer crew had towed the boat to safety, arriving back at their Trevose Head boathouse at half past midnight this morning.
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• Please find attached a library picture of the Padstow RNLI Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Padstow. Please credit RNLI/Nigel Millard.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager south west on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk
Byline: Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers were tasked around 9pm on Tuesday 7th May 2013 to assist two people who had fallen over the cliffs at East Pentire. Page Content:
Falmouth coastguards received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting two persons in difficulties at the end of Pentire headland. Newquay’s volunteer crew were immediately tasked and both inshore lifeboats were launched with volunteer crew men Mark Morris and Joe Emmett at the helms.
Three adult males had climbed down the cliff onto rocks below. As they ascended, one fell approximately 25 feet back into the sea; hitting rocks on his way down. One of the group continued to the cliff top to raise the alarm, the third man scrambled back down and into the water to assist the man who had fallen. He successfully helped the injured casualty back onto the rocks about 8 feet above the sea where they sat and waited for help.
Arriving on scene, volunteer crew member and paramedic Christian Brown was transferred from the D class lifeboat directly onto the rocks where he then scrambled up to assess the injured man. The uninjured casualty was taken off the rocks in the D class to the waiting Atlantic lifeboat from where he was taken back to the safety of the harbour.
Rescue helicopter 193 arrived on scene shortly after the lifeboats; an overhanging ledge made access tricky, the winch man was lowered and then manoeuvred in towards the rocky plateau. Armed with entonox and a stretcher, Christian and the winch man calmed the casualty who was in considerable pain. They then managed to strap him in a stretcher. Both the casualty and the winch man were then lifted to the helicopter. Christian was then collected by the D class lifeboat and the lifeboats stood down.
Christian reflected on the rescue:
“The recovery was thwarted by the weather conditions, just after we arrived on scene it started to rain heavily, then the light failed and we were reliant on illumination from Rescue 193. The coastguards were unable to assist with illumination due to the position of the casualty under the rocky overhang. This all made things a bit more tricky.
“The casualties were very appreciative of all the rescue services and commended us on our response. They acknowledged that it wasn’t the best idea to climb down to the sea.”
The men were part of a party of about thirty from Switzerland
This was the first shout for new probationary crew member George Fox.
Byline: A visit by Her Majesty The Queen to the RNLI lifeboat station at St Ives today (Friday 17 May 2013) also marked the official start of a special appeal by the charity. Page Content:
HM The Queen was accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and together the royal couple visited to meet the local RNLI team who uphold the charity’s tradition of saving lives at sea. The occasion coincided with the start of an appeal to raise funds towards the £1million cost of the launch and recovery vehicle for the new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat that it’s hoped will arrive in the town in late 2014.
Byline: The St Ives RNLI lifeboat The Princess Royal was launched for the second time in three days following a call to the Coastguard from a local 32 foot fishing vessel with steering gear failure approximately five miles north of The Stones Page Content: The lifeboat was launched at 8:54 am with Coxswain Paul Whiston at the helm. The volunteer lifeboat crew reached the vessel Silvery Sea at 9:30, and took her under tow back to St Ives, arriving at St Ives at 10:30. After putting the fishing boat alongside Smeaton's Pier, the lifeboat was moored in the harbour and crew taken back to shore by local pleasure boat Dolly P who was about to take a group of visitors out for a pleasure trip. the lifeboat was then recovered at 12:30 before cleaning began in earnest ready for tomorrow's visit to the lifeboat station by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
Byline: On Monday afternoon (13 May) the skipper of the 60ft 200 ton Padstow netter Sparkling Line contacted Falmouth coastguard to report his trawler was in trouble. She had broken down and was disabled some 24 miles northwest of Land's End. Page Content:
The Sennen Cove RNLI Tamar class lifeboat City of London III was launched, with six volunteer lifeboat crew on board, to go to her assistance at 3.55 pm.
For more information please contact Brian Simpson, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 01736 871 631/07762 057127 or bsennen @btinternet.com
Byline: This Friday, May 17, Ilfracombe is going yellow, in support of Ilfracombe RNLI’s £1 million appeal for its new launch and recovery vehicle, needed for the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, due on station towards the end of 2014. Page Content: Businesses and individuals around Ilfracombe have pledged to go yellow for the day, to raise funds for the charity’s appeal. Local volunteer lifeboat crew members will be visiting as many of the businesses that are getting involved as possible, dressed in their “yellows”, the kit that helps to keep them warm, dry and protected when they are out saving lives at sea.
At the Corn Mill in Hele, members of the public will be able to support Yellow Day by enjoying a cream tea or a slice of cake, with a donation being made to Ilfracombe RNLI for each of these sold. At the Ilfracombe Aquarium, a quiz has been organised, which will run from Friday to Sunday, with all proceeds going to the appeal. They will also be selling yellow themed cakes and snacks for the weekend, donated by the staff.
The Ilfracombe Museum and Indoor Market will be holding yellow themed events to show their support, and anyone attending the Medical Centre will find staff in both Warwick and Waterside Practices wearing yellow for the day.
At Forestay, on the Promenade, anyone purchasing a yellow fleece will be supporting Ilfracombe RNLI, with £1 being given to the charity’s appeal for each fleece sold. The RNLI shop on Broad Street will be going yellow for the day also, and the Manor House Cafe in the High Street will generously be donating 10% of every customer spend on Friday to the fund.
In the High Street shops and businesses will be showing their colours with yellow themed window displays and collections being found all over, including at Goodenough Florist, Hairport, Jeffrey’s, Mark Adams Optometrist, Pedlars, Venners and Wilsons.
The Ilfracombe Academy will be having a non uniform day, for which the students and staff will be encouraged to wear yellow, on Thursday 16 May, due to exams being held on the day itself.
Volunteer Fundraising Chairman for Ilfracombe RNLI, Tony Gillam, is thrilled with the support being shown by the town;
‘We are absolutely delighted with the enthusiasm being shown for Yellow Day by the community. Ilfracombe always supports the RNLI, and this event is no exception – we have been completely blown away by all that people have been offering to do.’
Ilfracombe RNLI are raising funds towards the £1 million required for the launch and recovery vehicle that will be needed for their new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, due to arrive on station towards the end of 2014, and replacing the current Mersey class all-weather lifeboat, the Spirit of Derbyshire.
RNLI notes to editors
• Please find attached a photograph of the prototype Shannon class all-weather lifeboat on the launch and recovery vehicle at Exmouth. Please credit RNLI/Nathan Williams.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Suzie Tubby, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Ilfracombe RNLI, on 07961 317088 or email Ilfracombe@rnli.org.uk or call Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager south west, on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk
Byline: St Ives volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launched the station’s all weather Mersey class lifeboat The Princess Royal to reports of a life raft drifting a mile off Godrevy light house yesterday afternoon (Monday 13 May). Page Content:
The life raft was initially spotted by RNLI volunteer crew member, Barney Stevens who was on duty as part of the charity’s lifeguard team patrolling Gwithian beach.
Byline: A visit by Her Majesty The Queen to the RNLI lifeboat station at St Ives on Friday 17 May 2013 will also mark the official start of a special appeal by the charity. Page Content: HM The Queen will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and together the royal couple are visiting to meet the local RNLI team who uphold the charity’s tradition of saving lives at sea. The occasion coincides with the start of an appeal to raise funds towards the £1million cost of the launch and recovery vehicle for the new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat that it’s hoped will arrive in the town in late 2014.
The royal visit will start at 10.40am when Her Majesty The Queen will arrive at St Ives RNLI to meet the volunteer team who run the lifeboat station and their families. First the royal couple will view the current lifeboats, the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat The Princess Royal and the D class inshore lifeboat Colin Bramley Parker before heading inside the building for a private visit. The royal party will then meet the volunteers who run the charity’s shop before unveiling a plaque.
Derek Hall, volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at St Ives, says the team are delighted to be welcoming the royal couple:
‘We’re extremely honoured to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to our lifeboat station, especially as she is the RNLI’s Patron, and to be able to introduce her to the many volunteers who maintain the charity’s lifesaving tradition around the coast of St Ives. It’s a truly wonderful way of thanking the families of our volunteers too for their support and commitment.
‘Here at St Ives we are also launching a special appeal ahead of the arrival in late 2014 of a new 25-knot Shannon class all-weather lifeboat for St Ives to replace our current Mersey class lifeboat. We need to raise funds towards the £1million needed to fund the new lifeboat’s purpose built launch and recovery vehicle and this project begins in earnest right now as we head in to the 2013 summer season at St Ives.’
Paul Whiston is the volunteer RNLI Coxswain at St Ives:
‘To me it’s very fitting that our present Mersey class all-weather lifeboat is The Princess Royal and we will be presenting Her Majesty The Queen with a framed picture of the lifeboat in action at sea. This lifeboat has already given us 22 years of service and we are very proud of her. However, the new Shannon class will offer improved speed and manoeuvrability thanks to updated design techniques and water jet propulsion. We just need to help raise the funds needed now for the launch and recovery vehicle.’
The St Ives RNLI volunteer crew, having received a quote for professional cleaning of the boathouse floors in preparation for the Royal visit, decided to carry out the task themselves on Saturday morning. This effectively saved the charity a four figure sum. Their efforts were supported very generously by local firm Travis Perkins who provided a hot pressure washer at a very reasonable rate. Crew volunteer George Deacon works for the company who have an outlet in St Ives.
RNLI notes to editors
• Attached is a shot of the launch and recovery system that will be used for the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat pictured during trials at Hayle in Cornwall. Please credit RNLI/Simon Culliford.
• And a picture of the St Ives volunteers cleaning the boathouse in preparation for the Royal visit credit RNLI/St Ives
• Also attached is a media fact sheet about the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat that will eventually replace the present Mersey class lifeboat. Pictures of the Shannon are available from Tamsin – see contact details below.
• Further details about the St Ives RNLI appeal to raise funds towards the £1million cost of the launch and recovery vehicle can be obtained Guy Botterill, Community Fundraising Manager, on 07774 436265 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Last year the volunteer lifeboat crews at St Ives launched to emergencies 32 times, rescuing 32 people and spending 288 hours at sea.
• The St Ives RNLI Mersey class all-weather lifeboat The Princess Royal has been based in the harbour since 1990. In this time she has launched to 262 emergencies, and her volunteer crew have saved 17 lives and rescued 196 people.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager south west, on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Press Officer on 07920 818807 or email@example.com
Byline: Volunteers from the Exmouth Lifeboat Fundraising Team will be holding a cake bake sale on 26 May at the boathouse on Queens Drive. Page Content:
The event will raise money towards the cost of the launch and recovery vehicle for the Shannon class lifeboat due in 2014.
The charity’s team are inviting members of the public to join them put the ‘fun’ into fundraising for this this exciting event, held during the bank holiday weekend.
Byline: Two teenage girls were saved by lifeguards from Sedgewell Cove when the pair got swept out to sea in strong currents today (Sunday 12 May). Page Content:
Earlier in the weekend lifeguards at neighbouring Bantham beach rescued a kitesurfer stranded when the wind dropped and the tide came in.
On Sunday the 12 May at around 1.40pm, RNLI lifeguards at Sedgewell Cove used rescue boards to help two swimmers in difficulty in the river Avon. Both swimmers, aged 13 were paddling in the shallows when they got swept into the stronger currents in the river and could not return to shore.
RNLI lifeguard Lizzy Rudd noticed the father of the two girls running along the shore and Lizzy, with Senior RNLI lifeguard Chris Rampling, reacted immediately. They grabbed rescue boards and jumped into the water to help the two girls.
When the lifeguards reached the swimmers, the girls were clearly distressed and exhausted and the pair were returned safely to shore where they were assessed and monitored for shock.
Chris Rampling senior lifeguard stated "Had it not been for the quick actions of the RNLI lifeguards the outcome may have been very different. It all happened so fast, we did not even have time to put on our wetsuits. Thankfully the training the RNLI provides us is of a very high standard and allows us to deal with such situations when they arise."
Simon Crayfourd, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: "The water can be deceptive and strong currents can be difficult to spot. We want everyone to enjoy their time at the coast and would encourage people to go to a lifeguarded beach."
Earlier in the weekend, a kitesurfer had become stranded in a nearby cove when he'd ventured into the sheltered waters of ther river Avon. With the tide coming in and no wind to power his kite, lifeguards from Bantham beach launched their inshore rescue boat with Chris Rampling at the helm and Ivan Burton as crew.
The pair reached the kitesurfer and took him and his kite back to Sedgewell Cove where he had launched from earlier in the day.
Byline: RNLI lifeguards used their lifesaving skills to help a kitsurfer who was hurt when he was blown across a road near Sandbanks, Poole, yesterday (11 May). Page Content:
A kitesurfer was injured when he was dragged across Shore Road by his kite in Poole Harbour.
A member of the public ran to the lifeguard tower on the other side of the peninsular and alerted the lifeguards.
One of the lifeguards ran back to the kitesurfer and, once the beach was covered, a second lifeguard joined him. They were also joined by an RNLI lifeguard supervisor.
All three gave the kitesurfer first aid and were helped by the police and ambulance services who arrived on the scene soon afterwards.
The kitesurfer was taken to hospital.
Byline: Poole RNLI lifeboats were launched this morning in rough conditions just before 08.00am, Saturday May 11, they were requested to launch by Portland Coastguard to a report of 42ft yacht that had encountered engine and steering failure Page Content:
A 42 ft yacht with four people on-board was on passage from Gosport to Plymouth and was unable to sail without steering.
The yacht had radioed the Coastguard for assistance, as all the crew were feeling unwell, the position they had given was reported to be 4 miles out of Poole Harbour as the lifeboats made their way towards the stricken vessel; the true position was 4 miles west of the Needles off the Isle of Wight.
The Poole inshore lifeboat was first on scene and transferred two volunteer crew onto the yacht to assess the situation, the Poole all-weather lifeboat arrived some fifteen minutes behind them and transferred a third crew member across onto the yacht.
The other crew on board the vessel set to, trying to recover the anchor and rig up emergency steering the conditions were moderate to rough with winds south westerly 5 – 6.
Despite the lifeboat crew’s best efforts the anchor could not be recovered at that time, with the sea conditions and risks involved, a decision was made to fender the anchor off and let it all go, to look after the yacht and people on-board.
A towline was connected and the all-weather lifeboat took the vessel under tow, by the now the tide was flooding and it would have been a nine mile steady plod in rough conditions back to Poole. Portland Coastguard requested that Yarmouth all-weather lifeboat launch to come and take the vessel back to Yarmouth.
The Yarmouth lifeboat arrived on scene and the volunteer crew successfully recovered the anchor, meanwhile the Poole inshore lifeboat transferred one of the people off the yacht who was suffering with sea sickness, across onto the Yarmouth lifeboat where they were made comfortable, then a Yarmouth crewman was put on-board the yacht and the Poole crew reassigned back to the Poole lifeboats.
The Yarmouth lifeboat then took over the tow and proceeded to take the yacht back into Yarmouth, both Poole lifeboats headed home when all was safe and job done.
Volunteer deputy Coxswain Glen Mallen said; ‘Conditions out there were definitely challenging, mindful of the individuals on-board and the worsening conditions, we decided to cut the anchor and get immediately under tow, back to safety’.
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Byline: Fowey RNLI volunteers were called out on Wednesday 8 May after two holidaymakers who had hired open sit-on kayaks for the day were caught out by the unsuitable sea conditions. Page Content:
One man capsized and unable to recover his kayak he then drifted through the mussel farm at Porthpean clinging to the second kayak.
Byline: The volunteer team at Bude RNLI lifeboat station will be holding a formal naming ceremony and service of dedication for their new D class inshore lifeboat George Bird on Saturday 18 May 2013. Page Content:
Event: Bude RNLI lifeboat naming ceremony
Byline: Ocean Magic with her crew of four had broken down and been drifting a mile east south east of the Dodman when Brixham Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy (Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2013). Page Content:
It took 25 minutes for the RNLI crew volunteers to reach the yacht which, due to the thick fog with visibility down to 50 metres, was located by RDF (radio direction finder) and radar. Everyone on board was fine and the yacht was towed back to Fowey, taking a further 1 ½ hours at 6 knots.
Byline: Wave of success! The RNLI congratulates British Olympic medal winning sailors Page Content:
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution wishes to congratulate Team GB’s Olympic sailors on their medal-winning victories at the Beijing Olympics.
Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson won gold in the Yngling class. They are keen RNLI supporters and are pictured onboard Weymouth’s RNLI Severn class lifeboat, giving their seal of approval to a set of Royal Mail ‘Mayday – Rescue at Sea’ stamps that went on sale in March this year.
Ben Ainslie took his third Olympic gold in a row in the Finn class, while Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield have just won their second successive silver medal in the 470 (men’s two-person dinghy). With medal races still to come in the men’s and women’s Laser (one person dinghy), Tornado (mulithull), Star (men’s keelboat) and men’s and women’s RSX (windsurfer) it’s likely there will be more sailing medals to add to Team GB’s excellent results.
RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews, fundraisers and staff congratulate all the Team GB sailors on their fantastic results. It’s hoped their wave of medal-winning success will continue at the London 2012 Olympics, when the competition will be held on the waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour off the Dorset Coast.
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