RNLI volunteers welcome Their Royal Highnesses to Criccieth

Lifeboats News Release

Criccieth RNLI volunteers were honoured to welcome TRH The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales to the lifeboat station earlier this afternoon (Tuesday 5 July).

Their Royal Highnesses were visiting Criccieth as part of their annual tour of Wales.

As her husband was visiting local clog maker Trefor Owen, The Duchess took time to meet RNLI volunteers who have dedicated years of service to saving lives at sea. And later The Prince joined her and the crew at the station for photos on the slipway.

Peter Williams, Lifeboat Operations Manager said:

‘It was a pleasure to welcome TRH The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales to Criccieth lifeboat station this afternoon.  The RNLI depend on the dedication and commitment of its volunteers to provide the lifesaving service.  Today’s Royal visit will be a special day for many of the station’s volunteers as The Duchess recognised the work of the charity here in Criccieth.’

In 2015 Criccieth RNLI volunteers saved three lives in Tremadog Bay with the volunteers launching the lifeboats 21 times and rescuing another 17 people.  Already in 2016 Criccieth RNLI have launched 13 times, rescuing nine people.  The volunteer crew carry out weekly training exercises and are committed to respond to the pager any time of day or night to help those in trouble at sea.

Since Criccieth lifeboat station was established in 1853 its lifeboats have launched on service 1097 times and saved 375 lives.

Notes to editor:

Attached are photos of:

- TRH The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales with Peter Williams, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Criccieth RNLI, and the volunteer lifeboat crew

- HRH the Duchess of Cornwall signing the visitors' book at Criccieth RNLI

Credit: RNLI

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For more information contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk or Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554 445316 or email ifergwyn@hotmail.com.

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