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Porthdinllaen RNLI mourn loss of former Lifeboat Operations Manager

Lifeboats News Release

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager and Second Coxswain, Mr Glynne Roberts.

Mr Glynne Roberts being presented in 1977 with the RNLI`s Bronze Medal for Gallantry

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Mr Glynne Roberts being presented in 1977 with the RNLI`s Bronze Medal for Gallantry

Everyone at Porthdinllaen RNLI is devastated at the loss of Glynne - or ‘Glynne Cliffs’ as he was fondly known locally. Glynne was a much loved and respected part of the RNLI family at Porthdinllaen, having served for over 40 years at the lifeboat station, including over five years as Second Coxswain and nine years as the station`s Lifeboat Operations Manager, retiring from the role in 2003.

He was a quiet man, whose calming influence under the most challenging of conditions at sea, could always be relied upon. He was highly respected within the RNLI and local community.

In 1977 Glynne was awarded the RNLI`s Bronze Medal for gallantry, for his part in a daring rescue of a young boy 80 feet up the cliffs at Porth y Nant.

A successful businessman, Glynne and wife Mary, had run the highly popular and well known public house ‘The Cliffs Inn’ at Morfa Nefyn, and with son Mark, international haulage firm ‘G & M Roberts’ and scallop trawler ‘Harmoni’. Glynne was very much admired by all of who knew him.

Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen RNLI, said: ‘We send our heartfelt condolences to Glynne`s wife Mary, children Mark and Karen and their families

Glynne`s knowledge, experience and leadership​, along with his quiet demeanour was a great asset to the lifeboat crew at Porthdinllaen. He will be sorely missed by all at the lifeboat station’

Mr Glynne Roberts, fourth from left, pictured with Porthdinllaen RNLI members during a visit to Caernarfon on the station`s Tyne Class Lifeboat

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Mr Glynne Roberts, fourth from left, pictured with Porthdinllaen RNLI members during a visit to Caernarfon on the station`s Tyne Class Lifeboat

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