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Tributes Paid to Rhyl Maritime Captain

Lifeboats News Release

Tributes have been paid to Captain Peter Jackson, a member of Rhyl RNLI, after he sadly passed away last week.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Rhyl Lifeboat DLA Captain Peter Jackson

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of another member of our Rhyl RNLI family. Captain Peter Jackson who held the position of one of our Deputy Launching Authorities passed away last week.

Peter, was in command of many ships across the world. He joined the Merchant Navy as an officer cadet at 16 and continued working and volunteering in the maritime industry for 48 years. He went on to sail and pilot a variety of vessels but mainly oil tankers all over the globe, including during the Falklands war. He was sometimes joined by his wife Pat on voyages. The largest vessel Peter was in command of was the oil tanker Sea World, which was 500,000 tonnes fully laden and carried $400 million worth of crude oil, he also spent seven years as a pilot in Nigeria, helping to safely dock ships there.

Peter also spent four years working as a local Coastguard in Rhyl. He began volunteering for the RNLI after retiring from the Merchant Navy by taking on the role of a Deputy Launching Authority for Rhyl Lifeboat Station. In this role he authorised the launch of Rhyl's lifeboats when requested by HM Coastguard.

Retired Rhyl Coxswain and fellow Rhyl DLA, Peter Robinson a friend of Captain Jackson said 'Peter was held in the highest regard in maritime circles not just within the lifeboat community, but also with everybody he served with on a world wide basis. He was great company and will be sadly missed by all'.

Peter's funeral will take place tomorrow morning (Monday 8th May) at St Thomas's Church in Rhyl, starting at 10am. Some of the crew will be bearing Peter into church, along with his sons, the rest of the crew will form a guard of honour.

Martin Jones Rhyl Lifeboat Coxswain said 'Peter was a font of maritime knowledge at the station and was always happy to share it with the crew, he was often present on Sunday mornings at crew training, and could usually be found at the station lookout with a cup of tea sharing stories with his fellow DLA's and retired crew members. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Rhyl RNLI. Our thoughts are with Pat, his sons, and all his family at this sad time'.

Peter's funeral will take place tomorrow morning (Monday 8th May) at St Thomas's Church in Rhyl, starting at ****am. Some of the crew will be bearing Peter along with his sons, the rest will form a guard of honour.

RNLI/Andrew Jackson

Captian Peter Jackson

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