Porthdinllaen RNLI mourn loss of former Coxswain

Lifeboats News Release

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat Coxswain, Captain Peter Lewis Jones.

Captain Peter Lewis Jones at the helm of the station`s Tyne Class lifeboat, the 'Hetty Rampton'


Captain Peter Lewis Jones at the helm of the station`s Tyne Class lifeboat, the 'Hetty Rampton'

Everyone at Porthdinllaen RNLI is devastated at the loss of Pete - or Pete ‘Highways’ as he was locally known. Pete was a much loved and respected part of the RNLI family at Porthdinllaen, and despite retiring in 2003, he still kept in touch having taken up the role of Deputy Launching Authority. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

He was a quiet man, whose calming influence under the most challenging of conditions at sea, could always be relied on. He was highly respected and very much admired by all of the crew who served under him.

Pete spent his early years working as a Master Mariner on numerous ships that took him on worldwide voyages, before taking up a full time post at Porthdinllaen; as Station Mechanic in 1987, and thereafter, the post of Coxswain / Mechanic in 1989. He retired in 2003, but carried on with his seafaring career on his own shellfish fishing boat with his son Stuart. Indeed, he was an integral part of the fishing community here at Porthdinllaen.

Robert Jones, Second Coxswain at Porthdinllaen, said: ‘It was an honour to have served as part of the crew under Pete’s command. His knowledge, experience and leadership​, along with his quiet demeanour was a great asset to the crew at Porthdinllaen. He will be sorely missed by all at the lifeboat station, and our sincere condolences are extended to all of Pete’s family and friends.'

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