UK: The Queen and Prince Philip meet members of St.Ives’ lifeboat crew – 170513 1935z

A visit by Her Majesty The Queen to the RNLI lifeboat station at St Ives today (Friday 17 May 2013) also marked the official start of a special appeal by the charity.

Crowd eagerly await the royal visitors at St Ives Lifeboat station

(Video credit: Derek Hall)
Published on 17 May 2013
Kernow Pipes & Drums at St Ives lifeboat playing for everyone before the Queen & Duke if Edinburgh arrived
The Queen
The Queen meets members of St.Ives’ lifeboat crew. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
HM The Queen was accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and together the royal couple visited to meet the local RNLI team who uphold the charitys tradition of saving lives at sea.

(Photo: HM The Queen shakes hands with St Ives Lifeboat crew

The occasion coincided with the start of an appeal to raise funds towards the £1million cost of the launch and recovery vehicle for the new Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat that its hoped will arrive in the town in late 2014.

(Photo: HM The Queen chats with St Ives Lifeboat crew

At todays visit the royal couple met the volunteer team who run the lifeboat station and their families and viewed the current lifeboats, the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat The Princess Royal and the D class inshore lifeboat Colin Bramley Parker.
They also met the volunteers who run the charitys shop before unveiling a plaque to mark the visit.
Derek Hall is the volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at St Ives; Were extremely honoured to have welcomed Her Majesty The Queen to our lifeboat station, especially as she is the RNLIs Patron, and to be able to introduce her to the many volunteers who maintain the charitys lifesaving tradition around the coast of St Ives. Its a truly wonderful way of thanking the families of our volunteers too for their support and commitment.
Here at St Ives we are also launching a special appeal ahead of the arrival in late 2014 of a new 25-knot Shannon class all-weather lifeboat for St Ives to replace our current Mersey class lifeboat.

Shannon the next generation of RNLI lifeboat

We need to raise funds towards the £1million needed to fund the new lifeboats purpose built launch and recovery vehicle and this project begins in earnest right now as we head in to the 2013 summer season at St Ives.

(Photo: RNLI St. Ives) The beams on visit to St. Ives Lifeboat Station

Paul Whiston is the volunteer RNLI Coxswain at St Ives:

To me its very fitting that our present Mersey class all-weather lifeboat is The Princess Royal and today we presented Her Majesty The Queen with a framed picture of the lifeboat in action at sea. This lifeboat has already given us 22 years of service and we are very proud of her. However, the new Shannon class will offer improved speed and manoeuvrability thanks to updated design techniques and water jet propulsion. We just need to help raise the funds needed now for the launch and recovery vehicle.

The Queen glimpsed on her departure

(Video credit: Claudelg5)

A shout the day before the royal visit – Fishing boat with damaged steering helped by St Ives lifeboat

(Video credit: officialrnli)

Published on 17 May 2013
The St Ives RNLI lifeboat The Princess Royal was launched for the second time in three days following a call to the Coastguard from a local 32 foot fishing vessel with steering gear failure approximately five miles north of The Stones The lifeboat was launched at 8:54 am with Coxswain Paul Whiston at the helm. The volunteer lifeboat crew reached the vessel Silvery Sea at 9:30, and took her under tow back to St Ives, arriving at St Ives at 10:30

After putting the fishing boat alongside Smeaton’s Pier, the lifeboat was moored in the harbour and crew taken back to shore by local pleasure boat Dolly P who was about to take a group of visitors out for a pleasure trip. the lifeboat was then recovered at 12:30 before cleaning began in earnest ready for tomorrow’s visit to the lifeboat station by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.


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Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI – public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0845 122 6999 or by email.

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland


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