Thumbs Up For New Holyhead Coxswain
The new year brought in the changes at Holyhead RNLI lifeboat station, with the installing of its new coxswain.
Tony Price, who was born and brought up in the town, has been with the RNLI for 24 years, several of those holding the role of second coxswain before his appointment in charge on 1 January 2017.
With a lifelong affiliation with the sea, from being a six year old boy, fishing in lobster pots made in the marine yard by his grandfather, Tony went on to always own and work his crafts around Holyhead.
He said he has been lucky to have fantastic tutors around him who have taught him to fully respect the sea and everything about it.
Speaking of his new appointment as coxswain, Tony said:
'I am incredibly honoured after serving 24 years with the RNLI, to be given the task of being the custodian of the Holyhead lifeboat and station. But it isn't just about myself; it is about the dedication, commitment and courage of those who also serve alongside me. These volunteers who come from all walks of life and all parts of the town give their all during daylight, darkness, calm seas and stormy seas, to save lives at sea and promote sea safety to prevent tragedies from occurring.'
As part of his future hopes for the station, Tony is particularly keen to involve the local community, and stressed the station will always welcome visitors or potential new crew.
'The station door is always open to all visitors wishing to see their lifeboat, because it is their lifeboat - not only does it say Holyhead on the back; it is funded by everyone throughout the UK,' he said.
Tony has three grown up children and two grandchildren. His two sons are master mariners and his daughter is a sales manager.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.