RNLI Chief Executive visits Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Station
The Chief Executive Officer of the RNLI, Mr Paul Bossier paid a surprise visit to Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Station on Tuesday evening.
Mr Bossier, and accompanied by Mr Stuart Wallace, Area Operations Manager for the RNLI Wales division was introduced to the volunteer crew by Allan Parry, Station Mechanic and Robert Jones, Second Coxswain at Porthdinllaen.
Allan and Robert gave Mr Bossier a tour of the station and it`s all-weather Tamar Class Lifeboat, the ‘John D Spicer’. After inspecting the station, Mr Bossier was invited on board the station`s the lifeboat, for the crew`s weekly training exercise at sea where he undertook a hands on role assisting the crew during various drills.
Robert Jones, Second Coxswain commented ‘ Mr Bossier assisted our volunteer crew in their exercise drills aboard the lifeboat and was impressed at the way the crew carried out their duties and their dedication towards their duty. ’
Mr Paul Bossier, added ‘ I am so pleased to be back at Porthdinllaen, whenever I visit a lifeboat station, I always tell them about Porthdinllaen, it is one of the most beautiful places of all. The station and the all-weather lifeboat look fabulous, which is a credit to the crew. It has been wonderful to be able to meet the crew who give up so much of their time to help others’.
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.