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Pwllheli RNLI to formally name new lifeboat in memory of former Coxswain

Lifeboats News Release

Pwllheli RNLI volunteers will be holding a special ceremony this Saturday (2 September) to formally name the station’s new D-class lifeboat in memory of former Coxswain, Robert Wright, and welcome the lifeboat into the RNLI fleet.

Pwllheli D-class lifeboat Roberts J Wright

RNLI/Green Sea Photography

Pwllheli DE-class lifeboat Robert J Wright

The D-class lifeboat will be formally named Robert J Wright in memory of the station’s former Coxswain who passed away at sea during a lifeboat service in 2015.

Pwllheli RNLI were given the challenge of raising £24,000 to help fund the new D-class lifeboat as part of a community appeal. As the volunteers were eager to mark Robert’s memory the target was smashed in a matter of weeks and the station decided to continue the good work and fund the whole amount - £48,000.

The naming and service of dedication is always a special day for every lifeboat community as the new lifeboat is officially accepted and welcomed into the charity’s lifesaving fleet.

The honour of formally naming the D-class lifeboat will be given to Pwllheli resident Mrs Mary Jones who has spent a lifetime supporting her local lifeboat station.

Clifford Thomas the Pwllheli Lifeboats Operations Manager said:

‘It will give me great pleasure on Saturday to accept the lifeboat on behalf of Pwllheli Lifeboat Station. On behalf of all the station volunteers I would like to thank the community of Pwllheli for their generosity, as by funding this D-class lifeboat they have given our town a lifesaver.’

Mary Bott, Robert Wright’s sister told of how proud Roberts (Bob) would have been and how proud the family are that the new D-Class has been named in his memory. She also mentioned that it’s such a fitting tribute to someone that gave his true dedication to the Lifeboat Service.

The D-class inshore lifeboat has been the workhorse of the RNLI for over 50 years. With a top speed of 25 knots, the D-class lifeboat is highly manoeuvrable and usually operates closer to shore to support the charity’s all-weather lifeboats. The lifeboat comes into her own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water and confined locations - often close to cliffs, among rocks and even inside caves.

Notes to editor

  • Attached is a photo of Pwllheli’s D-class lifeboat which will be officially named Robert J Wright at Saturday’s Naming and Service of Dedication Ceremony. Credit: Andy Green – Green Sea Photography

  • Interviews with Pwllheli RNLI volunteers will be available on the day. Please phone Tomos Moore or Eleri Roberts on the numbers below ahead of the event to arrange.

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For more information contact Tomos Moore, Pwllheli Lifeboat Press Officer on 07552 446447. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 07771 941390 or email

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