Rhyl RNLI station welcomes RNLI chairman of Trustees

Lifeboats News Release

Mr Charles Hunter-Pease, OBE, chairman of the RNLI's Trustees panel, is retiring from his post in the next years, and so requested he would like to visit the lifeboat stations around the coast. Rhyl was chosen as one of those stations.

Mr Hunter-Pease was welcomed to the station by former RNLI coxswain Peter Robinson, acting Lifeboat Operations manager for Rhyl station, and also Paul Frost MBE and Andrew Wilde, both Deputy Coxswains. He was shown around the station and introduced to the volunteer crew, fundraisers officials, and shop volunteers.

Mr Hunter-Pease is the chairman of the RNLI trustees. He the volunteers and said:

'I am impressed at the professional way the station is run at Rhyl.'

Mr Robinson then presented the chairman with a photo of Rhyl's all-weather lifeboat Lil Cunningham.

An hour after Mr Hunter-Pease had left the station, the crew were paged to assist a small six-metre fishing boat which was leaving Rhyl harbour with four people on board. The engine had failed, but the casualty had managed to drop their anchor. The inshore lifeboat was launched and towed the boat and it's occupants back to the harbour slipway.

The main photograph shows Deputy launching authority Mr Peter Robinson presenting the Chairman with a framed photo of Rhyl's all weather lifeboat, and the second photo shows the inshore lifeboat returning the broken-down boat back to Rhyl harbour slipway. Both Photos copyright Callum Robinson, Rhyl RNLI crew.

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