Llandudno RNLI's new lifeboat station receives its first lifeboat for training
Llandudno's brand new lifeboat station at Craig-y-Don received its first lifeboat on Wednesday afternoon (July 12) when the RNLI relief fleet Shannon-class lifeboat Cosandra arrived for a short stay.
The lifeboat's visit had been arranged largely to provide RNLI staff, station management and boat and shore crews with a foretaste of things to come when the resort's own new Shannon-class boat William F Yates arrives in September.
The Cosandra had arrived at Conwy Marina by road early Wednesday morning, and after refloating she left for a spell of crew familiarisation at sea, calling in at Moelfre before returning round Great Orme's Head to Craig-y-Don. She is expected to leave Llandudno on Thursday (July 13) and return to Conwy for further duty elsewhere.
Notes to editors:
For further information please contact Alan Sharp, Llandudno RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.
The attached images, which should be credited to the RNLI, show:
- The relief lifeboat driving onto the shingle beach.
- The lifeboat being washed down after recovery onto the Supacat launch and recovery unit
- The relief Shannon lifeboat entering the new boathouse for the first time.
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, in a normal year, 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.