A busy Beaumaris Lifeboat Open day is followed by the next service call
Beaumaris Lifeboat Volunteers enjoy one rest day following a successful Lifeboat Open Day, before a service call out.
This years’ Beaumaris Lifeboat open day followed the successful format established last year when Lindsey Russel and her colleagues from the BBC television Programme Blue Peter came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the original Blue Peter II D class inshore lifeboat at Beaumaris in May 1967.
In addition to the above RNLI colleagues from the Divisional base Flood Rescue team and the RNLI Face to Face team attended together with stalls located in the RNLI boathouse and on the Beaumaris Green including some fairground rides. We would also like to thank the North Wales Fire & Rescue Service, the Wales ambulance service and the Penmon Mobile Coastguard rescue team for attending.
Our colleagues from the flanking station at Moelfre as part of their training routine involving the Tamar class lifeboat Kiwi came this enabled visitors to compare the new with the old as a Watson class lifeboat J W. Archer built in 1956 and operational at Wicklow until 1987 (this is a similar boat to those based at Beaumaris until 1991) was also in attendance.
Whilst fortunately the lifeboat was not required on service during the day this break came to an end at 8.00 am on Monday 4 June following a request from the U.K. Coastguard for the lifeboat to launch.
As the Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington is currently being refurbished at the inshore lifeboat centre at Cowes on the Isle the relief lifeboat named named Norma Ethel Vinall launched at and proceeded to investigate a report of dinghy adrift by Caernarfon.
Once on scene a lifeboat volunteer boarded the unoccupied dinghy and took it ashore whilst his colleagues began a search of the area for any person in the water that might have fallen overboard from the vessel.
Once the Coastguard had established this was not the case the lifeboat was released to return to station, once the crew member who had taken the craft ashore was recovered the lifeboat returned to station arriving at 9.20 am being refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 9.55 am.
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.