Llandudno RNLI called out to shout during crew member's wedding celebration

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno RNLI veteran lifesaver Keith Charlton celebrated his marriage to Sue on Saturday 17th July. Keith has served with the RNLI for over 40 years and currently is a key member of the shore crew responsible for lifeboat launches.


Keith and Sue Charlton on their Wedding Day

As the guests gathered to enjoy the reception the sound of pagers filled the air as crew members were tasked to launch by the HM Coastguard Holyhead.

Rapidly reporting to the Llandudno boathouse, the crew of the all-weather lifeboat William F Yates launched at 4.50pm to meet and assist a 50-foot powerboat which was experiencing mechanical difficulties in the Conwy Estuary.

Arriving on scene the all-weather lifeboat Coxswain Graham Heritage made the decision that undertaking a tow was both necessary and the safest way to assist the casualty vessel, the towed vessel was therefore returned to the safety of Conwy Marina a short distance away.

Bridegroom Keith Charlton later commented:

'We are so used to being on call 24/7 ready to respond to the pager night and day. However, on this occasion Sue had me handcuffed and would not let me go on the shout!’.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email [email protected]


Llandudno Lifeboat on scene 17th July


Llandudno ALB assisting fifty-foot powerboat

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