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St Davids RNLI makes Solva harbour visit following rescue launch

Lifeboats News Release

A slight change of plan had to be made to St Davids RNLI’s annual Solva harbour visit on Thursday 3 August when both all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched to reports of 25 overdue coasteerers at Abereiddi bay.

RNLI/St Davids

Norah Wortley quayside

Whilst en route, the coasteering group were located safely, enabling our volunteer crews to return to station and prepare for the evening launch. The charity’s all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley’s scheduled one hour visit had to be extended to accommodate the number of people queuing to meet the crew and have a look around the Tamar class lifeboat.

As well as a tour of the lifeboat, volunteers were on hand to offer water safety advice and sell RNLI merchandise, whilst Stormy Stan proved a hit with children and adults alike. Over £245 was raised from voluntary donations.

Judd Kohler, Deputy RNLI Coxswain for St Davids RNLI lifeboat, says: ‘I’d like to thank everyone who came along to Solva harbour last night, included our volunteer crew, fundraisers and Solva harbour staff. The earlier shout was thankfully resolved successfully so we were able to continue with our planned visit. The annual visit is a great opportunity to get up close to our lifesaving lifeboats and our crew really value the support shown.’

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For more information please telephone Simone Eade, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799 804 922 or [email protected] or Eleri Roberts, Regional Media Officer at [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

Simon Legg

Norah Wortley arrival

Lyndon Lomax

Stormy Stan

Lyndon Lomax

People queuing to visit the lifeboat

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