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Call out at end of the Lifeboat day at Beaumaris in which Blue Peter attended.

Lifeboats News Release

Lindsey Russell and her four colleagues from the BBC television Programme Blue Peter joined the RNLI shop, guild and crew volunteers to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the arrival of the original Blue Peter II D class inshore lifeboat at Beaumaris in May 1967.

Beaumaris Lifeboat and the Coastguard Helicopter call sign 936

RNLI/Will Roberts

Beaumaris Lifeboat with Coastguard 936

In addition to the above RNLI colleagues from the Divisional base Flood Rescue, Face to Face and Respect the Water campaign teams attended and discussed sea and inland water safety with people attending the event.

As well as the stalls located in the RNLI boathouse a five inch gauge railway gave children rides along the pier also fairground rides together with many other stalls operated on the green at Beaumaris , we would also wish to thank the Fire & Rescue Service together with the Penmon Mobile Coastguard rescue team for attending.

After some intensive training on the Friday beforehand Lindsey was able to be aboard the lifeboat on two of the three demonstrations provided on the day including the display with the Coastguard helicopter in which she presented a Blue Peter badge to the helicopter winch man.

At present the programme is scheduled to be shown in mid- October and the volunteer lifeboat crew are looking forward to seeing the final footage.

Whilst fortunately the lifeboat was not required on service during the display just prior to 4 pm a request came in from the U.K. Coastguard for the lifeboat to launch.

So for the fourth time that day the Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat named Annette Mary Liddington launched at 4.04 pm and proceeded to assist a 35 foot vessel with a fouled propeller located north east of Puffin Island.

After ensuring that the two adults aboard did not require any medical attention the lifeboat then took the craft in tow into the Menai Strait during which time it became possible to remove the rope from the boat propeller so that she was then able to proceed under her own power.

The lifeboat returned with the vessel as far as Beaumaris whilst the casualty craft proceeded to a mooring further along the Menai Strait.

The lifeboat returned to station at 5.34 pm being refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 6.05 pm. At this time the volunteers then proceeded to set up and enjoy their delayed barbecue.

Lindsey Russell of the BBC TV Programme Blue Peter with some of the crew

RNLI/ Chris Cousins

Lindsey Russell with three of the Beaumaris lifeboat crew

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