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RNLI trustees visit Rhyl lifeboat station

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The delegation, led by Operations director John Payne, included trustees from the RNLI head office in Poole.

19 July 2023

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

RNLI coast review at Rhyl
On Wednesday, 19 July 2023, the visitors were welcomed to Rhyl lifeboat station by Operations manager Darrel Crowther and Coxswain Martin Jones MBE. The purpose of the visit was to carry out one of the regular coast reviews of this part of the coastline, to discuss with volunteers from all parts of the RNLI at Rhyl, where the station would fit into their plans for the next few years.
John Payne introduced the delegates, and the meeting was conducted by trustee chair Fiona Fell.
An open meeting followed, where the party were asked questions on all aspects of the RNLI, especially at Rhyl, and these were answered fully by each of the party.
Following the meeting, the guests were shown over the equipment on station by the Coxswain and Operations manager Darrel.
Coxswain Jones said 'the meeting went very well, with every part of the Rhyl RNLI being involved - supporters, visitor experience team, education team and lifeguards. Local coastguard officers were also present. I believe we showed the delegates how all volunteers integrate fully into station working'.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Payne presented four members of the crew with a Chairman's certificate, recognising their service with the inshore lifeboat on a particularly difficult but successful rescue on the limits of weather for this type of vessel. The crew were- Helm Dougie Lonsdale, and crew Mark Waterworth, Jacob Evans and Harry Clews.
Pictures show the delegates at the meeting, and the crew receiving their certificates.
L-R Harry Clews, Jacob Evans, Chris Payne (RNLI operations director), Helm Dougie Lonsdale, Mark Waterworth

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Service certificates presentation
Coast review 19 July 2023.

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Rhyl RNLI teams at meeting

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