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Congratulations to the new full-time RNLI Moelfre Coxswain Vince Jones.

Lifeboats News Release

Vince joined Moelfre lifeboat station aged 17, as a volunteer in January 2000, a 3rd generation crew member; following in the footsteps of his Taid, Dad and older brother.


Vince Jones
Vince has always had a passion for lifeboats due to his family's association with the station, and having served his engineering apprenticeship with Holyhead Marine Services, repairing and refitting lifeboats for a living.

Vince started working full-time with the RNLI in July 2002 as the youngest ever full-time lifeboat mechanic at the age of 19. During this time, he became an ILB helm and later, went on to train to become one of Moelfre’s youngest Deputy Coxswains at the age of 26, on what was then, the station's Tyne class lifeboat.
Vince also served as a volunteer for ten years on the RNLI National Flood Rescue team, deploying with the team of specially trained volunteers on multiple occasions to the likes of the Cumbria floods in 2009, and again in 2015 to Aberystwyth and to St Asaph in 2012.

In Vince’s own words, “I am immensely proud and privileged to take the helm as the full-time Coxswain of Moelfre lifeboat. With the recent passing of our good friend and the previous full-time coxswain, Alan, I feel honoured to be able to continue with the amazing work he’s done for our station and within the community. Over my 24 years here, Alan was a constant source of inspiration, he taught me everything I know about lifeboats, particularly navigation, search and rescue. Without his help, I wouldn’t be where I am today".

He continued: "Joining the lifeboat crew within the community of Moelfre was something most children growing up here couldn’t wait to do! I only dreamed of becoming the Coxswain of Moelfre lifeboat, with its prominent and distinguished maritime history. I’d sincerely like to thank Andy, the Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) and the crew from the bottom of my heart for the support they’ve shown me over the years. I'd especially like to thank Martin (Bonty) who has honourably covered as lifeboat Coxswain for the last four months after losing his best friend, Alan. He’s supported me at the station and as a good friend, and in my decision to apply for the role, despite the sad and difficult times we’ve faced".

He added: "Seeing all the crew pull together and supporting one another, all while keeping our lifeboats on service, saving lives at sea and within our community, all with such strength, courage, and resilience, was the deciding factor in my decision to apply for the Coxswain's position. My amazing wife Siân and our three children William, Max and Izzy have sacrificed so much for me to fulfil my passion as a full-time Mechanic, and going forward, as Coxswain. Without their love, understanding, support (and patience!) it wouldn’t have been possible. I look forward to the privilege of standing alongside the crew as their new full-time lifeboat Coxswain and working with our RNLI volunteer family at Moelfre, in this new chapter for the station”.

For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910

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Vince with his wife Siân and their three children William, Max and Izzy

RNLI/Phil Williams

Vince with his wife Siân and their three children William, Max and Izzy

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