Moelfre Lifeboat Crew Receive Gallantry Award from RNLI Chief Executive.
Chief Executive Mark Dowie visited Moelfre lifeboat station to award our volunteer crew members with the prestigious Chief Executive Commendation for a rescue that took place 04/09/2020, approximately twenty miles north of Moelfre in incredibly challenging conditions,
The RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ was on the water within 15 minutes and made the best speed in the challenging sea conditions, with wind speeds gusting over 57 knots (Force 11).
Once on scene, approximately 50 minutes after launch, the lifeboat was manoeuvred so a tow could be passed to the disabled and drifting vessel crew. The tow was eventually secured, and the RNLI lifeboat ensured the crew were safe.
They then commenced the slow, arduous task of towing the casualty vessel 20 miles south towards our boathouse in Moelfre. The lifeboat could only tow at speeds of between 2-3 knots in what can only be described as horrendous sea conditions. This was for crew safety and to prevent damage to the towline or either vessel.
Andy Hoyle Moelfre Lifeboat Operations Manager said, "This was an exceptionally long and difficult rescue during which Alan and the crew showed exceptional seamanship skills and great tenacity in establishing a tow.
“In my opinion, the actions of our crew that night undoubtedly saved 2 lives that would otherwise have been lost. The recognition and award are justly deserved.
“We must also recognise the shore crew and the families of the crew for the support they gave on this occasion and on every launch."
For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910
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.