Trearddur Bay RNLI Volunteers renovate local memorial.
After an online appeal, 2 tonnes of black granite stone were generously donated to the Charity by local businessman Chris Parry, owner of CMP Plant Hire in Brynteg, Anglesey.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Aubrey Diggle said ‘Its great that the crew and community come together like this to show that these brave men are not forgotten, it also acts as a reminder of the risk and sacrifice volunteer RNLI crew willingly take every time they launch on service’.
It was on the 3rd December 1920 that the Rhoscolyn Lifeboat launched into horrendous conditions to come to the aid of the Whitby steamer ‘Timbo’ which was in serious trouble in Caernarfon Bay. Conditions were so appalling at the time the Lifeboat eventually had to seek shelter off Llanddwyn Island.
It took seven hours to reach the shelter of Llanddwyn by which time, tragically, five crewmen had been claimed by the stormy sea, the five men were, Owen Owens (61,Coxswain), William Thomas (19), brothers Richard J. Hughes (17) and Evan Hughes (34) and Owen Jones (38).
Edward Hughes, the father of the brothers Richard and Evan Hughes, also sustained a broken leg and other injuries on the service.
More detail of the tragedy can be found at http://www.anglesey-hidden-gem.com/ramon-cabrera.html.
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.