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St Davids RNLI AGM 2016

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids RNLI fundraisers presented a cheque for £135,056.74 at the station’s AGM held at St Davids RFC on 22 June.

This represents income from various donations and fundraising events held over the past 12 months, most of which has been raised as part of the new boathouse appeal.      

It was reported that since the last AGM there had been 45 lifeboat launches – 18 for the Tamar class all weather boat, seven for the Tyne all-weather boat and 20 for the D-class inshore lifeboat.  There had been a significant increase in launches for kayakers and for the evacuation of injured people from the rocks.                         

An update was given on the progress of works to the new lifeboat station at St Justinians which were progressing well.  It is anticipated that the new station will become operational in early September.                   

Station operations manager James Wilcox thanked the lifeboat crew for their work over the past 12 months and noted the tremendous support from the local community for the fundraising appeal.  The most noteworthy launches during the past 12 months had been the rescue of three yachtsmen in gale force winds and rough seas in early April and the long search for crew members from the fishing vessel Harvester at the end of April when 22 crew members took part in the search over three days with over 200 man hours spent at sea.

The newly appointed chairman Roy Thomas MBE, who succeeded the late chairman Jeffrey Davies thanked the fundraisers for all their hard work during the year and the branch officials for their work in ensuring that the station continues to run smoothly, also appointed at the AGM was John Bateman as vice chairman.
Pictured L-R Tracy John, John Bateman, David John, John James, James Wilcox, Dr George Middleton MBE, Roy Thomas MBE, Mair Davies, Gayle Twitchen (kneeling).


Media Contacts
For more information please contact Jim Phillips St Davids Lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer on 07791121039 -- 01437721532 or by email: Alternatively contact Danielle Rush Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 - 01745585162 or by email:  Alternatively contact Danielle Rush Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 - 01745585162 or by email:

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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