Awards presented at Rhyl RNLI Annual Dinner
A number of awards were presented during Rhyl Lifeboat crews Annual Dinner last Saturday evening.
Crew member Evan Edwards was awarded the David Benjamin Jones Memorial Award. The award is given from the crew to a person who has made a great contribution to the station over the previous year. Evan, who joined the crew around 18 months ago, has successfully been passed out as a tractor driver on the main Talus Launching tractor, Head Launcher and is now well on his way to completing a crew training plan on both the Inshore and All Weather Lifeboats.
Also awarded during the evening were crew member Derek Denton and Deputy Launching Authority Peter Robinson for their work promoting the RNLI and Safety in the community.
Derek has been the stations Lifeboat Visits Officer for many years. In this role he gives tours and talks to over 2000 school children each year, whilst also giving beach safety advice.
Peter has travelled around the area and as far afield as Stafford delivering talks on the history of Rhyl Lifeboat Station, to clubs and other organisations, raising the profile of the station and the work its volunteers do.
Rhyl Lifeboat Coxswain Martin Jones said 'Our annual crew dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the work our volunteers crew and fundraisers have undertaken in the previous year, which has been a busy one with the Shannon Appeal, service calls and events. It also gives us a chance to say thank you to all our amazing supporters and especially our families who give up so much of their time in order for the crew to continue saving lives at sea'.
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.