Moelfre's full-time mechanic, Vince Jones, was never in any doubt about his chosen career path. Both his father and grandfather before him had served as lifeboat crew members, and on his 17th birthday, Vince signed the joining papers to signify his commitment to the RNLI.
At that stage, he had already embarked on a 4-year marine engineer apprenticeship with a Holyhead boatyard and was familiarising himself with lifeboat layout and refits regularly.
Joining as a probationary crew in February 2000, his natural ability shone through. After becoming an emergency mechanic, he was promoted to the full-time mechanic post at 19, making him the youngest ever mechanic employed by the RNLI. Although modest about his achievements, this was clearly a great accolade.
“Proud to have received my 20-year full-time service award at our long-awaited (due to Covid!) Lifeboat annual dinner. It will be 21 years as a full-time RNLI Moelfre Lifeboat mechanic this summer, and I just reached 23 years total at the station! I wouldn’t/ couldn’t have done it without my wife's support, patience and perseverance!
Time flies when you’re playing in lifeboats!
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.
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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
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