Young William Charms RNLI at Open Day
When Llandudno residents Frank and Christine Lawton brought their two and a half year old grandson to see Llandudno's lifeboat 'William F Yates', they let the RNLI volunteers on duty know that the little boy's name was also William F Yates.
The delighted RNLI personnel quickly resolved to give him VIP treatment, and as a result the youngster was allowed to go on board 'his' lifeboat under the watchful eye of Llandudno RNLI crew member Mike Jones.
An RNLI spokesman said later "Our volunteers were thrilled to welcome young William to the lifeboat station. As well as clearly being impressed by all he saw on board, he certainly coped well with his new-found 'celebrity' status. We hope that he and his family will come to see us again at some time in the future"
Further information - RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 01492 543315
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.