Llandudno Lifeboat Crew Pay Their Respects
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Today Llandudno RNLI volunteers gathered at 10:30am outside the lifeboat station for a minutes silence for the three members of the Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer French Sea Rescue Service that sadly lost their lives last week 7 June 2019.
Today RNLI lifeboat stations, support centres and sites across the country joined the French community in remembering these brave crew members. RNLI lifeboat stations lowered their flags to half-mast as a mark of respect.
The French crew members were part of the rescue organisation, Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM). They were onboard a rescue boat that went to the aid of a fishing vessel which had got into difficulty during Storm Miguel. The boat was overturned due to severe weather conditions, which saw winds of up to 80 miles per hour.
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.