Building commenced at new Pwllheli RNLI station
Building works have started on the new multi million pound RNLI station for Pwllheli lifeboat, which will house the new shannon class lifeboat in 2020
The new boathouse will be located next to Plas Heli, on the opposite side to the river to the present boathouse, which has served Pwllheli lifeboats for over 120 years. Along with the Shannon class lifeboat, the D-Class Robert J Wright will also be housed at the new station.
The architect for the new boathouse is Clive Moore which is also the Coxswain here at Pwllheli RNLI. He mentioned that
‘Not many Coxswain’s get to design their own boathouse. The new station will boast a state of the art facility for the crew and it will be an asset for the Local community, coupled with the fact that the RNLI has chosen to invest in Pwllheli, is great news, securing the future of Pwllheli for future generations’
Tomos Moore, Deputy Mechanic & Local Press Officer went on to mention that
‘Our current boathouse has served our volunteers and the community for over 120 years. Due to advances, in technology, lifeboats containing more kit and the new Lifeboat being bigger, the current boathouse is not suitable to fulfil the needs of our volunteer crews moving forward into the future. The volunteer crew over the next two years will be enrolled on training for the new Shannon which is due to arrive in 2020
The boathouse is due to be completed in August 2020.For more information contact Tomos Moore, Pwllheli Lifeboat Press Officer on 07552 446447 or email Tomos_Moore@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
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.