Vinny donates his award money to Rhyl RNLI Shannon appeal.
Vinny Jones is a serving North wales Police officer, and also serves on Rhyl lifeboat crew as a volunteer inshore boat helm and prospective all-weather lifeboat coxswain, as well as being a navigator.
The award also involved a monetary prize, and Vinny unselfishly donated this money to the station's appeal to help fund an all-weather Shannon lifeboat at Rhyl. The new boat and launch equipment are expected on station in October 2019.
Vinny is pictured handing over the cheque to be added to the appeal, to station Lifeboat Operations Manager Darrel Crowther recently.
Darrel said ' This typifies Vinny's involvement with the crew at Rhyl, and the station is proud that he has donated his prize to us, to continue saving lives at sea'.
Vinny hopes to be fully qualified as a lifeboat coxswain by the time the Shannon lifeboat comes on service in October, and is presently working through his assessments. He was recently featured on a rescue on the TV series 'Saving Lives at sea', resulting in saving two boys after they had got into difficulty off Rhyl beach.
The station would like to congratulate Vinny on his award, and we wish him well in his volunteer work with the RNLI.
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.