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Lifesaving automated external defibrillator (AED) now in place at Conwy RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI secured sufficient funding for the new station based community automatic external defibrillator (AED), which has been installed on the outside wall of the lifeboat station on Conwy Quay.

New unit mounted on the external wall of the lifeboat station.

RNLI/Danny-Lee Davies

New AED in place at the lifeboat station

The community of Conwy and representatives from different agencies gathered for the presentation and training evening of the new unit at the lifeboat station on Wednesday 20th September.

In partnership with Welsh Hearts, the community of Conwy were invited to a presentation and training evening at the lifeboat station on Wednesday 20th September. During the evening the opportunity was given to learn how the defibrillator works and to ask any questions during the training and presentation.

The volunteer crew and officials of Conwy RNLI are very grateful to everyone who has been involved with making this project a success. Special thanks go to Conwy Town Council, St.Mary’s Church (Conwy), Conwy Motorcycle Club and other private donations.

Representatives from the above were present on the evening and were able to learn how to operate the unit and the benefits of its quick application from Nick Aitken of Welsh Hearts.

Alan Flood, volunteer Helmsman and Press Officer who works for the Welsh Ambulance service explains “when someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 7-10%, this shows the importance of having one of these lifesaving units available for the community. We are delighted to be able to provide this potentially lifesaving piece of equipment to the community and visitors of our town”.

Photos attached:

  1. New AED in place at the lifeboat station Credit/RNLl Danny-Lee Davies
  2. Community and donation representatives Credit/Nigel Belcher
  3. Deputy Mayor with RNLI crew Conwy Deputy Mayor with RNLI crew (Left to right): Iwan Lewis (Crew), Samantha Cotton (Deputy Mayor), Mark Rapson (Conwymotorcycle club committee member), Dermot O'Leary (Welsh ambulance paramedic), Nick Aitken (Welsh Hearts representative) and Leon Kynaston (Helmsman). Credit/Nigel Belcher
  4. Official handover presentation to RNLI Conwy Chairman (Left to right): Nick Aitken(Welsh Hearts representative) and Frank Ranson (RNLI Chairman- Conwy). Credit/Nigel Belcher

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

  • Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639
  • Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513
  • Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer (Wales and West) on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162
  • Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Group of RNLI volunteers and community pictured outside the lifeboat station.

Nigel Belcher

RNLI volunteers, community and donation representatives
Conwy Deputy Mayor pictured with RNLI crew and other representatives by the new AED.

Nigel Belcher

Conwy Deputy Mayor with RNLI crew (Left to right): Iwan Lewis (Crew), Samantha Cotton (Deputy Mayor), Mark Rapson (Conwy motorcycle club committee member), Dermot O'Leary (Welsh ambulance paramedic), Nick Aitken (Welsh Hearts representative) and Leon Kynaston (Helmsman).

Nigel Belcher

Official handover presentation to RNLI Conwy Chairman (Left to right): Nick Aitken (Welsh Hearts representative) and Frank Ranson (RNLI Chairman- Conwy).

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