UK (Cornwall): Holidaymaker dies after sea rescue at Newquay, 2 others in hospital – Published 15 Aug 2017 1455z (GMT/UTC)

A 27-year-old man has died after being rescued from the sea at Newquay last night [15 August 2017].

He was among a group of three males who got into difficulty after being caught in a rip tide and swept out to sea at Crantock Beach.

The HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter (Rescue 924) along with two RNLI Lifeboats (@NewquayRNLI ) and the Coastguard Rescue Team from Newquay (@NewquayCRT ), police and ambulance, were sent to the incident around 7.30pm.

The three, who were holidaying in the area, were rescued from the water by two local surfers and then airlifted to Treliske Hospital by the Coastguard helicopter.

The 27-year-old man was pronounced deceased a short time later. His next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and police will be carrying out enquiries on behalf of the coroner.

The other two swimmers, aged 17 and 18, remain at Treliske Hospital but are not believed to be seriously injured.

Only 5 days ago, there was a mass rescue at Crantock Beach, RNLI lifeguards had to rescue multiple body boarders from a strong current. Two lifeguards were deployed on rescue boards and performed 11 rescues and 15 assists in total. Click here for more details from RNLI

 

  • Crantock beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards between 10am-6pm until 1 October.
  • Wherever possible, you should swim at a lifeguarded beach. Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. This will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
  • In 2013 there were 738 RNLI lifeguard incidents involving body boarders. Between 2006 and 2011 53% of people rescued from rip currents at RNLI lifeguarded beaches were bodyboarding.

Rip current advice issued after tourist swept out to sea dies (link to video)

 

 

UK: Overdue diver found by Newquay Coastguard helicopter after search op in Cornwall – Published 09 Aug 2017 1525z (GMT/UTC)

An overdue diver has been located safe and well by the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay after a large search operation was launched earlier today.

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Rescue 924 (based at Newquay) on another tasking.

Just after 1pm today (9 August) UK Coastguard received a VHF Radio broadcast on Channel 16 – the VHF distress frequency – from the diving vessel reporting that the diver was 15 minutes overdue.

The diver, who was with a group of seven other divers, was last seen 1nm north of Mannacles, Cornwall.

An extensive search and rescue operation was launched involving Porthoustock and Mullion Coastguard Rescue Teams, Falmouth and Lizard  RNLI Lifeboats and the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay.  Devon and Cornwall Police were also informed.

The missing diver was located safe and well by the Coastguard helicopter just after 2pm on the shoreline.  Despite being exhausted, he required no medical treatment and has been airlifted to Porthoustock.

Lee Duncan,  Duty Controller for the UK Coastguard said:  ‘We commend the actions of the crew of the diving vessel who called us when the diver was overdue.  The diving vessel had all the right equipment on board including a VHF Radio in case anything went wrong – which is what they used in this case to raise the alarm with us.  Thankfully, the UK Coastguard helicopter was able to locate the missing diver on the shoreline and take his safety.  It was very clear that the dive vessel had a plan in place if anything should go wrong and they did exactly the right thing to contact the Coastguard quickly so we could task our Coastguard, the RNLI Lifeboats and our Coastguard helicopter to assist.

‘Remember if you’re planning on diving in the sea, make sure you are adequately qualified and experienced for the dive that you plan to undertake, keeping a close eye on weather and sea conditions, and making your own fitness a top priority for safe diving.

‘Familiarise yourself with new or different gear before planning deep dives and to always dive within your limits. In an emergency contact the Coastguard immediately.’ – Hm Coastguard

UK: Tynemouth lifeboat rescues world’s only engineless cargo ship, the Tres Hombres – Published 04 Jun 2017 2133z (GMT/UTC)

The world’s only Engineless Sailing Cargo Ship was towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat on Sunday morning (June 4th).

Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat tows the Tres Hombres – the World’s only Engineless Sailing Cargo Ship – to safety at North Shields. (Image: RNLI/Adrian Don)

The lifeboat and volunteer crew members launched in response to a request for help by the skipper of the Brigantine-type sailing ship Tres Hombres.
Earlier in the morning a motor launch belonging to the 32m,128tonne sailing vessel had broken down and had been towed back to her mother ship by Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat.
The skipper of the Tres Hombres then asked for assistance in getting his vessel to a safe harbour because as she is powered only by sail and has no auxiliary engine, she relies on the now broken-down motor launch to maneuver in port. With very strong winds expected on Monday, the vessel could have been in a precarious situation so, after discussions with UK Coastguard, it was decided that the safest option for it was to tow her into the river Tyne.
Tynemouth RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 10:44 and made best speed to the Tres Hombres which was anchored off Whitley Bay with Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat standing by her.
Once the lifeboat met the sailing ship the volunteer crew quickly got her under tow, while a crew member went on board to ensure the tow ropes remained secure.
The Tres Hombres and her crew of 15 were then taken to North Shields Western Quay without further incident, escorted by Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat who put two crew members ashore on the quay to assist with mooring.
Once the sailing vessel was made fast on the quay the lifeboats returned to their respective stations.
Adrian Don, the spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: ‘This is one of the most unusual services our volunteer crew members have carried out and the casualty vessel is unique as the world’s only engineless sailing cargo ship.
‘The Tres Hombres and her crew were in no immediate danger but having no engine and with her launch broken down, they had no means of safely getting into harbour and with very poor weather expected her skipper had no alternative but to ask for assistance.
‘Our volunteers were happy to help and quickly got the vessel into the shelter of the Tyne harbour’. – RNLI

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UK (Wales): Criccieth lifeboat aids to grounded yacht on Harlech beach – Published 04 Apr 2017 1455z (GMT/UTC)

“At 10.30am, volunteer Crew Members from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were requested to launch following multiple reports of a yacht aground at the northern end of Harlech beach.

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The yacht, named Thimble and approximately 30ft in length, had gotten into difficulties near the mouth of the Porthmadog Estuary whilst attempting to navigate upriver.

Following initial calls, members of both Criccieth and Harlech HM Coastguard Teams had been deployed to assist, however with the yacht unable to refloat, it was decided to call Criccieth Lifeboat.

The Station’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Doris Joan, was quickly on scene. However, the Crew were unable to attach a towline due to the ebbing tide and large waves at the foreshore. During this period, HM Coastguard had received further calls reporting a yacht in difficulty further south and requested that Barmouth RNLI launch their lifeboats. It quickly became apparent that these reports related to the same vessel; accordingly Barmouth Lifeboat’s inshore rescue boat was returned to Station whilst the all-weather Lifeboat continued towards Harlech in the hope that they could attach a rocket-line to tow the yacht. Once on-scene and following discussion with the Criccieth’s Lifeboat Crew it was decided that both vessels stood-by until high water, as the occupant was safely ashore.

After being afloat for 3 hours, the Crew of Criccieth Lifeboat were stood-down and returned to shore.” -RNLI

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UK: Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue off Shetland – Published 04 Mar 2017 1240z (GMT/UTC)

Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue when their trawler sank in bad weather.

(Image: RNLI)

(Image: RNLI)

The seven had to jump into the water just before the ship sank off Shetland as the sea was too rough to bring a lifeboat alongside. The alarm was raised at about 6.50am yesterday when the Lerwick-registered Ocean Way began taking on water. Lerwick RNLI lifeboat and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Sumburgh both rushed to the scene. Two RNLI crew, one of whom often crews on Skerries-based Ocean Way, were transferred to the trawler with a salvage pump. But the skipper decided the trawler could not be saved. The five crew and two RNLI volunteers jumped into the water minutes before the trawler sank at 8.20am. They were picked up by the lifeboat, crewed by eight volunteers, and taken back to Lerwick. A Norwegian fish carrier, the Gerda Saele, had put a pump on board while the helicopter began winching a third pump on board, but Ocean Way’s skipper decided to abandon ship. The trawler crew were all wearing life jackets and had an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon on board, pinpointing their position. Rescuers praised them for having the correct equipment. Lifeboat coxswain Alan Tarby said: “While the third pump was being winched on board the skipper decided to abandon ship and within minutes of him making that decision they got off and it sank, so it was a good call. “The rescue was made much easier because the Ocean Way’s crew were all wearing the correct safety equipment and had undergone safety training. “It was a good outcome even although the vessel was lost, all the crew were unharmed. The lifeboat crew performed very well, especially the two men who were in the water with the fishermen.” The fishermen were checked over by medics in Lerwick but did not need treatment. Mark Rodaway, commander for the UK Coastguard, said: “This was a difficult rescue in awful weather. In the conditions, the lifeboat had a difficult time trying to safely get alongside. “But I’m delighted to say that all five fishermen are safe and well and the fact they were all wearing life jackets ensured that they had the best chance of survival.”

RSOE March 04 2017 11:19 AM (UTC).

More here (inc video): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-39151952

Wales: Aberystwyth Lifeboat rescues crashed paraglider from sea – Published 16 May 2016 1021Z (GMT/UTC)

At 4:15pm on Sunday (15 May) whilst returning from the rescue of an inflatable, the RNLI Arancia inshore rescue boat was tasked by the coastguard to go and assist a paraglider who was believed to have collided with the cliffs and crashed into the sea.

The paraglider was believed to have collided between Clarach and Constitution hill and crashed into the sea.

The volunteers on board the Arancia quickly headed back out to sea, whilst the stations larger RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat Spirit of Friendship was launched to assist in the search and rescue.

The paragliders flying partner had seen his friend disappear and quickly landed on top of the cliffs, raising the alarm by calling 999 when he could only see his friend’s paraglider in the sea.

Both lifeboats searched along the cliffs and soon spotted the casualty clinging onto the cliffs, whilst still attached to his paraglider. The canopy was filling with water in the sea and being dragged by the tide, pulling on the casualties body.

In quite a rocky area, the Arancia was able to make its way close to the casualty and took aboard the canopy allowing the casualty to remove himself from the equipment. A crewmember entered the water and carried out a first aid assessment of the casualty who had managed to land in the water and miss both the cliffs and surrounding rocks without injury but who was very cold after being in the sea.

The casualty was put into a lifejacket by the crewman who also provided protection against the waves and ensured the casualty was safe whilst the Arancia manoeuvred into position at the base of the cliffs to safely extract everyone. The casualty was transferred to the Atlantic 85, where he was given another first aid assessment and put into to equipment to keep him warm.

Both lifeboats returned to the RNLI station where the casualty was warmed up and able to get dry whilst being assessed by waiting Ambulance staff. Although cold and shaken he did not need to go to hospital and was picked up by friend who was relieved to see him safe and well. – RNLI

Credit: RNLI/Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth RNLI rescue crashed paraglider from sea

 

UK: RNLI lifeguards save an eleven-year-old boy at New Brighton beach – Published 110415 1950z (GMT/UTC)

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards saved the life of an eleven-year-old boy at New Brighton Beach (Perch Rock) onThursday (9 April).

The RNLI lifeguards at New Brighton (Credit: RNLI)

The RNLI lifeguards at New Brighton.  RNLI lifeguards (from left to right): Jessica Hargreaves, Mike Scott, Alex Bowden and Mike Murray (Credit: RNLI)

The incident happened at 3.45pm when RNLI lifeguard Mike Murray spotted a boy struggling in waist deep water near one of the groynes.

Mike quickly assessed the situation and swam into the sea with a rescue tube (a yellow flexible tube that people can grab onto) while his colleague, RNLI lifeguard Mike Scott, monitored communications from the beach.

The photograph shows RNLI lifeguard Mike Murray. Photo credit: RNLI.

The photograph shows RNLI lifeguard Mike Murray. Photo credit: RNLI.

Mike Murray threw one end of the rescue tube to the child and managed to pull him swiftly away from the current and back to the safety of the beach.

The lifeguards conducted a casualty care assessment on the boy and thankfully found that he was injury free, if a little distressed. He was then reunited with his grateful parents.

Pete Rooney, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: ‘If it hadn’t been for the lifeguards’ swift intervention, the current would have dragged the boy away and he could have drowned. Thankfully the team spotted the danger and the rescue had a happy outcome.’

The charity’s lifeguards were also called into action just after 4pm when they came to the aid of a seven-year-old boy who had fallen from a tree swing on the Promenade near the Black Pearl.

Lifeguards Alex Bowden and Jessica Hargreaves performed a casualty care assessment on the boy. As he was feeling sick and dizzy, they advised the child’s mother that he should have further medical assessments. The mother decided to take her son directly to hospital.

RNLI Lifeguard Manager, Pete Rooney, added: ‘We wish the little boy a speedy recovery and we’re happy that we could assist. We would advise anyone visiting the beach to come and chat to our new lifeguard patrols for advice on things such as tide times and the safe area in which to swim.’

Notes

The RNLI (In partnership with Wirral Council) operates the lifeguard service on Perch Rock (New Brighton beach), West Kirby, Moreton, Harrison Drive, and the Plateaux (west side of New Brighton Fort). *The partnership started in spring 2015.

RNLI lifeguards will patrol the beaches over the Easter school holidays until Sunday 19 April.

The RNLI will then operate weekend-only patrols until Saturday 23 May, when a seven-day-a-week service will commence and run through until Sunday 6 September.

The weekend-only service will resume from Saturday 12 September until the season close on Sunday 27 September.

As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week.

UK: Body of missing woman recovered by lifeboats from Filey and Flamborough – Published 180315 0915z (GMT/UTC)

The body of a woman has been recovered by RNLI volunteer crews from Filey and Flamborough in a prolonged and difficult combined operation in the early hours of Tuesday 17 March.

Shortly before 11pm on Monday 16 March, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of both Filey lifeboats to ascertain that an object spotted by a crew from Sea King helicopter Rescue 128 was indeed a missing person for whom numerous Coast Rescue Teams and Police Officers had been searching in the vicinity of the RSPB Bird Sanctuary about 4 miles south of Filey.

Filey’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat, The Keep Fit Association, launched under the command of Coxswain/Mechanic, Barry Robson, to escort and provide some safety cover in the pitch darkness and heavy swell for Filey’s inshore lifeboat, Braund, with a crew comprising: Richard Johnson (helm), Paul Wilson and Tom Barkley.
It was necessary for a member of the inshore lifeboat crew to go ashore at high water in a heavy swell and darkness to check the condition of the casualty. This proved to be a very difficult and prolonged task and led to Flamborough’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Elizabeth Jane Palmer, being asked to assist.
Eventually, the casualty was brought out to the all-weather lifeboat from where she was handed over to Flamborough inshore lifeboat to take back to South Landing, Flamborough.
Some 6 hours after the initial call-out both Filey’s lifeboats returned to the beach at Coble Landing and were recovered onto their respective carriages.
Barry Robson, Filey Lifeboat Coxswain / Mechanic said: “This incident tested both lifeboat crews as it turned out to be much more difficult and longer than expected. Both the Filey and Flamborough teams showed real professionalism dealing with the situation and for both volunteer crews their extensive training paid off. Thanks must also go to all the Coast Rescue Team members who were there.”
He added: “We are very sorry that we could do nothing for the lady and our thoughts are with the family at this time” –

John Ward
Lifeboat Press Officer at Filey Lifeboat Station.

UK: Searchers for missing trawler Z85 Morgenster in English Channel find bodies – Published 290115 1900z (GMT/UTC)

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Friday, 30 January 2015
UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR OVERDUE FISHING VESSEL
The Search and Rescue operation looking for the missing fishing vessel which had been fishing in the Dover Strait is being co-ordinated by the French coast guard as it is now in their territorial waters.

Dover Coastguard was initially alerted to the missing vessel on the afternoon of 28th January.

The search is now concentrated on an area four miles from the French coast. Any further involvement of the UK authorities will be at the request of the French coast guard.

Thursday, 29 January 2015
UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR OVERDUE FISHING VESSEL
The search continues this morning for a missing fishing vessel which had been fishing in the Dover Strait.
Dover Coastguard was alerted to the disappearance yesterday afternoon. Four crew were known to be onboard.
An RAF helicopter is searching the area along with a French maritime aircraft. Two all-weather lifeboats from Dungeness and Dover are on the scene.
A number of Belgian and Dutch fishing vessels remain on the scene in the area, looking out for any sign of their missing colleagues.
The weather conditions on scene remain challenging.

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LifeboatsDungeness and Dover RNLI lifeboats search for missing Belgian fishing trawler

The volunteer lifeboat crews of two Kent RNLI lifeboat stations launched yesterday evening (Wednesday 28 January) to help search for a Belgian fishing trawler in the English Channel.

Dungeness all-weather lifeboat launched at 5.08pm after being tasked by Solent Coastguard to search for the 40m vessel which lost all communication earlier the same day at 1.30pm.

The Belgian-registered trawler, carrying a crew of four people, was situated 10 miles south of Dungeness when all contact was lost.

Hours after the Dungeness RNLI crew launched, Dover Coastguard requested the launch of Dover RNLI lifeboat to assist in the search. The crew launched their all-weather lifeboat just after 7pm.

Also involved in the search were coastguard helicopters Rescue 104 and Rescue 125. It is also understood several other fishing trawlers were assisting with the search.

Chris Ubee, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Dungeness RNLI, said the weather and sea conditions for his crew of five volunteers were challenging at first, but later subsided. He said: ‘In the afternoon there was some strong gusting winds and the sea was very lumpy. That did later calm slightly and by 10pm the crew were searching beneath clear skies, with a moderate breeze and moderate to rough seas.’

However, for the Dover lifeboat crew conditions were set to worsen through the night, with a warning of severe gales expected after 11pmon Wednesday. Billy Hollis, Deputy Launching Authority for Dover RNLI said: ‘Our crew of eight volunteers were tasked to search an area known as Varn Bank, south of Dover.

‘Throughout the evening we were operating approximately eight miles away from where Dungeness lifeboat were searching, which gives an idea of the sizeable search area

’Throughout the evening we were operating approximately eight miles away from where Dungeness lifeboat were searching, which gives an idea of the sizeable search area.’

At midnight, both Dungeness and DOver RNLI lifeboats were still searching for any sign of the missing trawler. The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboats are equipped to search up to 100 nautical miles out to sea. At the speeds they were travelling, it was estimated the lifeboats could search for several days without needing to refuel.

  • Update 7am, Thursday 29 January. Hastings RNLI lifeboat crew were asked to join he search at 12.15am today (Thursday). Dungeness RNLI lifeboat crew were stood down at 12.50am. And at 4.45am, both Dover and Hastings RNLI lifeboats returned to their stations when the search was suspended, possibly to recommence at first light

Press Report

BBC   29 January 2015 Last updated at 17:04

Missing trawler rescue teams find bodies in English Channel

The vessel believed to be missing off Dungeness

The vessel went missing in rough seas and strong winds

Rescuers searching for a Belgian trawler missing in the English Channel with four people on board have recovered two bodies from the sea.

The search for the fishing boat began on Wednesday afternoon when it vanished in rough seas and gale force winds.

The RNLI said the bodies, which were found in the sea off Boulogne, had been recovered back to the French port.

A life jacket and wooden debris were spotted by a French fixed wing aircraft north-west of Boulogne earlier.

Those on board the Z85 Morgenster are believed to be Dutch, Portuguese and Belgian.

A coastguard helicopter, two Kent lifeboats and a French search and rescue helicopter carried out the first search for the trawler, which had been fishing in the Dover Strait.

A number of Belgian and Dutch fishing vessels have also been in the area looking for any signs of the missing vessel.

UK: RNLI lifeguards at Polzeath rescued 32 people last night after they extended their patrol hours – Published 120814 1752z (GMT/UTC)

Lifeguards carry out rescues at Polzeath

RNLI Lifeguards carry out rescues at Polzeath (Credit: RNLI)

RNLI lifeguards at Polzeath rescued 32 people last night after they extended their patrol hours.

With a large number of people in the water and difficult conditions on the high spring tide, the lifeguard team stayed on past their normal finishing time of 6pm to ensure everybody was safe.

The lifeguard team, made up of Ben Miskowicz, Chris Rowlands, Phil Bartlett, Scott Temple, Christian Parker and Craig O’Rourke, were patrolling the beach yesterday (Monday 11 August) and when 6pm approached they realised the conditions were too dangerous to finish their lifeguard duties.

The team stayed on and rescued a total of 32 people, including seven swimmers and 25 bodyboarders, many of them children. They eventually packed down the beach at 7.30pm, an hour and a half after their normal operational finishing time.

Senior lifeguard Ben Miskowicz explains: ‘The conditions at Polzeath this week are particularly challenging, we have a high tide, strong onshore winds and large swell. The winter storms have changed the typography of Polzeath and now at high tide we have some rip currents at both the northern and southern end of the beach. The northern rip is particularly prominent at high tide at the moment and between 6pm and 7.15pm last night the lifeguards assisted 32 people who’d fallen off the bank of sand and straight into the path of the rip current.

‘I was at the cliff top unit at the south end of the beach and Chris was at the northern end while Craig, Phil and Christian were in the water on rescue boards. As we had a higher view we were able to spot casualties and guide the lifeguards in the water to them. I could see how strong the rip was, when the lifeguards stopped paddling on the rescue board they were pulled away very quickly, it was incredibly strong.’

Today is the highest tide of the year, with high tide at Polzeath at 7.15pm, so lifeguards are urging people to take extra care in the conditions.

Chris Wafer, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: ‘The lifeguard team did a fantastic job last night in challenging conditions and received praise from many members of the public for their efforts in keeping people safe.

‘We’ve seen strong onshore winds and a big swell combined with spring tides in recent days which have created these difficult conditions. With another large tide tonight it’s possible the lifeguard team may stay on later again to ensure everybody is safe. If you are heading to the beach please speak to the lifeguards to find out the hazards and take heed of their advice.’

To help keep children safe in the sea this summer, the RNLI has partnered with the ASA to offer Swim Safe. Providing free open-water swimming improver lessons to children aged between 7-14, the programme is running at Bude throughout the summer. For more information go to http://www.swimming.org/go/parents/swim-safe/

– RNLI

  • Date:
    12/08/2014
  • Author: Emma Haines

The RNLI added in a Facebook post:

“32 people were rescued at Polzeath beach in Cornwall last night – after lifeguards extended their patrol hours. With their 6pm finish time approaching, and a large number of people still in the water and a high spring tide, the team realised the conditions were too dangerous for them to leave their post. When people began to get caught in the path of a rip current, the lifeguards were able to leap into action. This week sees some of the highest tides of the year, so if you’re visiting the coast, remember to ‪#‎RespectTheWater‬ and visit a lifeguarded beach where possible. ”

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.

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UK: London hero plunged into River Thames to save distressed man – Praised by Tower RNLI Lifeboat crew – Published 070714 1845z

A have-a-go hero plunged into the River Thames this morning to help a man who moments earlier had jumped from a bridge at the start of the capital’s rush hour.

London crew praise ‘good Samaritan’, Ben Corr, who entered river to save distressed man 07 July 2014 (Photo credit: Ben Corr via RNLI)

 Lifeboat crew members from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution launched just after 7am today after reports from London Coastguard that a man was in the River Thames, drifting dangerously close to the base of the London Eye attraction

The lifeboat crew arrived just moments later to find that two men were in the water; one had entered the river to help another man who it is believed had deliberately jumped from the pedestrian footpath alongside Charing Cross rail bridge.

Ben Corr, a 36 year old statistician, had been running to work on the South Bank when he was flagged down by a woman. He took up the story: ‘The lady was quite shaken up – she was pointing to a man in the river and said she’d just seen him jump from the bridge. She was clutching a life ring but wanted some help in throwing it out to him.

‘I did try but he was quite far out and the ring missed him. Despite our efforts to coerce him towards it, he was just flailing in the water. At first I held back because I know the emergency services always advise the public not to enter the water in times like that, in case they get into danger as well. But after a moment I decided I had to – so I climbed down onto the foreshore, entered the river, and swam across to him.’

Ben said the man was very distressed and was pushing him away at first, but eventually agreed to take the life ring: ‘I pulled him back to the south bank wall but there was no way to get out. The woman who had stopped me explained that she had called the police and barely a minute later the lifeboat crew arrived.’

Tower lifeboat crew – consisting of helmsmen Craig Burn and Stuart Morrison, and volunteer Jenny Barnett – pulled both men aboard and returned to Tower

Tower RNLI Lifeboat crew – Pictured (left to right) are Stuart Morrison, Craig Burn, and Jenny Barrett (Credit: RNLI/James Oxley)

RNLI lifeboat station, situated beneath Waterloo Bridge. Craig said: ‘We got them as they were floating down by the base of the London Eye. There is some machinery there and we were concerned about them floating close to that, but we got to them in time.

‘We met with our ambulance service colleagues back at the station and they treated the man who had entered from the bridge. He was cold and shaken and still distressed, and was taken away by ambulance crews for further treatment.

‘Ben stayed with us for a short while and we gave him blankets and lots of tea and biscuits. Ben is right that we don’t advise people to go into the water to help people, but he assessed the situation and made a measured, very brave decision to go in. What he did was hugely commendable and we take our hat – or helmet – off to him: there is one man out there today in London who would surely have lost his life if it hadn’t been for Ben and the lifeboat crew.’

(Video credit: RNLI)

Published on Jul 7, 2014

Running along the South Bank this morning, Ben Corr was expecting a normal Monday in the office. That changed when he was alerted to a man struggling in the Thames. After trying to throw a life ring to the casualty, Ben carefully weighed up the situation & made the decision to go in and swim to the casualty. Meanwhile, Tower lifeboat crew had been alerted & were heading up river. They found both men floating near the London Eye and safety pulled them on board. We don’t advise people to carry out rescues themselves, but Ben made a very measured and selfless decision to go in – and for that we take our hat off to him – RNLI

UK: RNLI Littlehampton lifeguards rescue mother and daughter being swept out to sea – Published 160614 1933z

RNLI lifeguards at Littlehampton today carried out their first rescue of the season when a mother and daughter where swept out to sea whilst using an inflatable.

The drama occurred this afternoon (Saturday 14 June) as temperatures soared into the twenties and hundreds of visitors flocked to the South coast’s beaches.

RNLI lifeguard Brittany Jones, working her first season with the charity at Littlehampton East beach, spotted two women – a mother and her daughter – struggling with their inflatable in a strong offshore breeze.

Noticing they were in difficulty, Brittany quickly sprung into action and paddled out to the pair on her rescue board.

Once she reached them, she was able to check they were okay, and then keep them afloat whilst lifeguards from Littlehampton West Tim Walton and Dan Seagrove Castle launched the inshore rescue boat to bring them all safely to shore.

Brittany said: ‘It was a busy day on the beach, but I spotted the two women just outside of the lifeguard zone and they looked like they were having trouble getting back to shore.

‘It’s situations like this where your training really kicks in. Thankfully, it was a happy ending, but we would advise all those visiting a beach to stay in an area where the lifeguards can see you, and if in danger, call for help immediately.’

Once they were brought ashore, the two women were checked over by the lifeguards before continuing with their day.

RNLI lifeguards will patrol the beaches at Littlehampton until 7 September.

The RNLI offers a free Beach Finder app for those heading to the coast, where users can search for their nearest lifeguarded beach, check tide times and get live weather updates. Download from your App store or visit http://bit.ly/LqSiFD for more info – RNLI

UK: London Thames pleasure boat in collision with Tower Bridge. 10 injured – Published 040614 1400z

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London lifeboat crew treat injured as Thames cruiser collides with Tower Bridge

Lifeboat crew members from the RNLIs Tower lifeboat station have treated a woman with a head wound after a River Thames city cruiser collided with Tower Bridge.

The lifeboat crew, based below Waterloo Bridge, were tasked by London Coastguard shortly after midday today (Wednesday) after the City Cruises vessel Millennium Diamond was involved in the collision.

The woman, believed to be in her 60s, is believed to have fallen down a set of steel steps, sustaining a head injury and bruises to her ribs.

The lifeboat crew were the first on scene and treated the womans head wound until London Ambulance Service paramedics arrived and took her away for further treatment.

Kevin Maynard, one of the four Tower RNLI lifeboat crew members on the lifeboat, explained how the drama unfolded: We launched just after midday and when we arrived the boat had come alongside St Katherines Pier by Tower Bridge. We understand the woman had been standing at the top of some steel steps when the collision happened and the impact knocked her down.

Although the original call to us was related to that one lady, while we were on scene a further nine people came forward to say they had been injured. We treated the woman by giving her oxygen and using blankets to keep her warm, as well as dressing her wound and placing her on a board to protect her spine. We looked after her until London Ambulance Service arrived to take her away for further assessment.

The lifeboat crew consisted of helmsman Kevin Maynard as well as David Norman, Craig Burns, and volunteer life boatman Neil Withers.

The crew are currently remained on scene to assist where necessary (correct as at 1.50pm)

Tower RNLI is one of three London lifeboat stations serving the entire length of the Thames from the estuary up to Teddington Lock. The RNLI remains a charity that relies on donations and voluntary contributions for its lifesaving work. RNLI

My Photo INCIDENT AT TOWER BRIDGE

London Coastguard is coordinating the response to an incident on the Thames in which a pleasure boat, the Millennium Diamond, was in collision with Tower Bridge.

10 people are believed to be injured.

Emergency services and the RNLI are on the scene.

Other Reports

A City Cruises boat collided with the south pier of Tower Bridge this lunchtime. MPS Marine Policing Unit attended the scene andreported that two people were injured.

The boat docked at St Katharines pier and one passenger was removed on a stretcher and taken to hospital while the other was treated ashore. Minor damages to the vessel are reported.

Tower Bridge remains open to pedestrians and road traffic. –http://londonist.com

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UK: Man rescued after being thrown from out of control speedboat in Teignmouth, Devon – Published 160514 1645z

A mans had a lucky escape after being thrown from his speedboat in Teignmouth Quay.

Brixham Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public just after 10am this morning, reporting that a man had been hurled into the water from his speedboat. The boat was then going round in circles and the man was trying to swim away to safety.

The Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and the Teignmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat were sent to the scene. The lifeboat crew managed to bring the boat under control by cutting the engine. The man had been picked up by another boat nearby and was brought ashore where he was met by Coastguard Rescue Officers. Hes since been taken to hospital to be checked over, but doesnt appear to have been badly hurt.

Andre Huber, Watch Manager at Brixham Coastguard, said:

It appears the man took off his kill cord as it was too short to allow him to tie up his boat. Unfortunately, he accidentally knocked the throttle, the boat jerked forward and he fell into the water. Without the kill cord, the boats engine didnt cut out and then locked into driving round and round in circles.

Luckily he did have a lifejacket on and was able to quickly swim away to safety and the boat was soonbrought under control.

We always recommend people wear their kill cord at all times when on the boat. Make sure its a suitable length so you can move around your vessel, particularly if youre on your own.

As were set for fine weather this weekend, wed just like to remind everyone to have fun but stay safe on our coastline. If you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, or get in touch with us via VHF channel 16.

Teignmouth lifeboat crew stop out of control speedboat


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Published on May 16, 2014

A man who fell overboard from his speedboat knocked the throttle as he went, leaving the speedboat to spin out of control. He had been wearing a kill cord, but had taken it off to moor the boat when the accident happened. The volunteer crew of Teignmouth lifeboat raced to the scene and managed to stop the out of control boat. The man, who was wearing a lifejacket, was rescued and taken to hospital as a precaution.

UK: Exmouth RNLI’s New State Of The Art ‘Shannon Class’ Lifeboat Arrives – Published 090514 2047z

Exmouth first in the South West to receive the new advanced ‘Shannon’ class lifeboat today

The R and J Welburn arrived. She was welcome by locals and tourists. Also a flotilla of local boats and Exmouth lifeboats: Mersey class Margaret Jean and D class George Bearman; Torbay Severn class lifeboat, Alec and Christina Dykes and Teignmouth Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, The Two Annes.

Exmouth RNLI organised a special trip aboard the Pride of Exmouth (Stuart Line Cruises) view and join the flotilla. Fortunately the weather held up, bright sunshine but windy. Goaty was on board to witness events first hand. Here are some photos, sadly the camera had a fault, so these had to be taken with a mobile phone camera, with the resultant loss of quality.

 

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Special thanks to Tina from Exmouth RNLI for the welcome and assistance.

About the Shannon Class Lifeboat

Each new Shannon class lifeboat costs about 1.5 – 2M and is the first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to operate with water jets, not propellers. Capable of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50% faster than the classes it has been designed to replace, which have a lower maximum speed of 17 knots.

R and J Welburn replaces Exmouth RNLIs elderly Mersey-class vessel. She is the first Shannon to be derlivered to an RNLI station in the South West and only the second in the whole of the UK.

The Mersey class takes 25 minutes to launch. On average it will take just 10 minutes to launch the new Shannon, offering faster turn arounds and the chance to respond quickly to another call out.

The Shannon class will also improve safety for the charitys volunteer crews, thanks to its shock absorbing seats and on-board computer system, which allows the crews to operate and monitor the lifeboat from the safety of their seats.

Michael Vlasto, RNLI Operations Director says:

I have had the privilege of being involved with the RNLI for over 38 years. In that time I have witnessed great advances in the charitys lifeboats and seen many new vessels arrive on station. However, I have never seen our volunteer crews quite as excited as they are about the Shannon. This all-weather lifeboat is half as fast again as the lifeboats it has been designed to replace and using water jet propulsion, the manoeuvrability is exceptional. Most importantly though, the Shannon has been carefully developed with the safety of the volunteer crews at the very heart of the design, allowing them to shave life-saving moments off the time it takes to reach those in trouble at sea.

The Shannon has been developed by the RNLIs in-house team of naval architects, marine engineers and operators to replace the majority of Mersey and some remaining Tyne class lifeboats as they reach the end of their operational life (subject to the RNLIs 5yr-rolling review of lifesaving assets). Once the Shannon is rolled out across the UK and Ireland, this class of lifeboat will make up a third of the RNLI all-weather lifeboat fleet, at which point the RNLI will have reached its aim of operating a 25 knot all-weather lifeboat fleet.

The majority of the 50+ Shannon class lifeboats to be stationed throughout the UK and Ireland will be built at the RNLIs new All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, which is currently under construction. Bringing all-weather lifeboat production in-house, will save the charity 3.7M annually.

The Shannon is designed to lie afloat or launched and recovered from a beach using a bespoke launch and recovery vehicle (L&RV), which has been designed in conjunction with Supacat Ltd. It operates in many different beach and sea conditions and allows a faster launch and recovery time compared with the Mersey system (10 and 25 minutes respectively on average) thanks to a turntable system which cradles and rotates the lifeboat ready for its next launch. Every L&RV costs 1.5M.

The naming of the Shannon class follows in a 45-year tradition of naming the charitys lifeboats after rivers or stretches of water, but it will be the first time that the name of an Irish river has been used, which reflects the fact that our volunteers save lives at sea around Ireland and the UK.

Replaced lifeboats are sold to other rescue organisations, private companies or individuals. The RNLI sells old lifeboats to fellow members of the International Lifeboat Federation around the world, including Iceland, Finland, Chile and Madeira. The money raised helps the RNLI to meet its aims.

Shannon class lifeboat arriving at Exmouth RNLI

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Published on May 9, 2014

A compliation of video clips taken throughout the memorable day on Exmouth beach.

It starts with the launching of the Mersey class lifeboat, ‘Margaret Jean’ with ex-Coxswain Tim Mock who retired earlier in 2014. Then follows the flotilla of Mersey class, Shannon class ‘R and J Welburn’ (decked out in bunting), followed by D class ‘George Bearman’ and Teignmouth RNLI’s Atlantic 85 class ‘The Two Annes’.

The lifeboats pass through the estuary and into the river Exe before returning and our new Shannon lands on the beach in front of the crowd. Members of the Exe sailing club join in on the celebration.

Following a 180 degree turn, R and J Welburn relaunches and shows off a few manoeuvres before landing on the beach again.

After recovery and another spin, she moves towards the boathouse where she finally comes home to Exmouth RNLI.

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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

 

Ireland: Skerries Inshore Lifeboat rescues 3 men from fishing vessel grounded on rocks off Balbriggan – Published 250414 1113z

Skerries RNLI rescued three men last night (Thursday 24 April) after their 30 foot fishing vessel ran aground on rocks north of Balbriggan harbour in extremely poor visibility.

The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat shortly after 9pm with Rob Morgan as Helm and crew members Emma Wilson, Stephen Crowley and Laura Boylan also on board. Dublin Coast Guard requested the lifeboat to launch after receiving of reports that a vessel had struck rocks north of Balbriggan harbour.
The lifeboat proceeded directly to the area indicated by Dublin Coast Guard. Conditions on the night were calm with a force one Southerly wind. There was a thick sea fog in the area at the time and visibility was reduced to one to two metres.
Clogherhead RNLI all weather lifeboat also launched at 10pm after Skerries RNLI requested their assistance given the possibility that a long and difficult search may have been necessary. Coast guard helicopter R116 and Skerries coast guard ground unit were also tasked.

Communication with the vessel in distress was established through another fishing vessel. Along with the information relayed from the vessel, the volunteer crew used the radar and direction finder on board their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to pinpoint the casualties location.

The three men were taken on board the lifeboat where they were assessed and did not require any medical attention. Clogherhead RNLI , Skerries coast guard and Rescue helicopter R116 were all stood down. Skerries RNLI returned the three men to the lifeboat station where they were reunited with waiting family members.

Speaking after the call out, Rob Morgan , Skerries RNLI Helm said: ’Visibility was extremely poor out there this evening. The volunteers training really paid off, particularly with the radar and VHF direction finding equipment . Thankfully we found them in time and it was a good result.’ –

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Scotland: Barra and Tobermory lifeboats assist stricken cargo ship 30 miles SW of Tiree (Video) – Published 140414 1548z

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat returned to its station this morning after a 17 hour, 180 mile rescue mission to assist a stricken cargo ship. Barra Island RNLI lifeboat will be returning to stand by later today (13 April 2013).

The Tobermory crew relieved the Barra Island lifeboat last night and stood by the 88 metre cargo ship (G: MV Wilson Gdynia) which is now drifting some 30 miles south west of Tiree in rough weather. Given that the cargo ship is drifting in a north westerly direction and is not in danger of encountering any hazards at present, Stornoway Coastguard stood down the Tobermory lifeboat at daybreak.

Having spent more than 14 hours on the ‘shout’ yesterday, Barra Island lifeboat will return to the cargo ship to provide assistance this evening until the arrival of an ocean going tug which is currently en route from Aberdeen and is expected to arrive in the early hours of Monday morning. The cargo ship has eight crew on board.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain Andrew McHaffie said: ‘This was a long shout in difficult conditions with seas of up to ten metres at times.’


(Video credit: RNLI)

Published on Apr 14, 2014

A 88-metre cargo ship with steering problems battling gale force winds and seas of up to ten metres 15 miles west of the Skerryvore light house. Lifeboats from Barra and Tobermory stood by for over 24 hours.

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.

Wales: EXERCISE – Coastguard Rescue Teams, RNLI lifeboats, RAF search & rescue helicopter, Police, Fire & Ambulance attend major incident in Cardiff Bay – 020414 1100z

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EXERCISE: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR AN  TESTING THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN CARDIFF BAY
Swansea Coastguard was first contacted just before 11am this morning to reports that two boats had collided in Cardiff Bay.
The Penarth, Barry and Chepstow Coastguard Rescue Teams have been sent to the scene, along with the Penarth and Barry RNLI lifeboats and the RAF search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor. Police, fire and ambulance crews are also in attendance.
At this time, it is not clear how many people were on board and the extent of any injuries. A search and rescue mission is ongoing.” – MCA

“Barry Coastguard at Cardiff Bay with all emergency services, carrying out major incident training. With Penarth and Chepstow Coastguard . Air sea rescue have been tasked to assist in a mock rescue in the Bay” – Barry Coastguard



IoM: Search for missing woman Mrs Catherine Pridham, continues amid growing concern – 010414 1605z

Police issue statementPolice issue statement regarding missing person Catherine 'Cathy' Pridham about the continued search for Mrs Catherine PRIDHAM.

“Catherine, who is 60 years old, was reported as missing yesterday. Her car was located the same day at Niarbyl on the west coast of the Island

There is a possibility that she has entered the sea in the area of Niarbyl Bay. We would ask that the members of the public who are in this area report any sightings to the Police or Coastguard.

Police Officers are providing support to the family at this very difficult time.” – IoM Police 31 Mar 2014

“Sergeant Gavin Callow said : “At this time Cathy has not been found. As previously detailed it does seem likely that she entered the sea in the area of Niarbyl on Sunday morning.

Cathy’s family have told us she had recently found out that she was suffering from cancer, having been in a period of remission for some years. Her car was found at Niarbyl, and items of hers were found on the shore nearby. As you can imagine, the family are very distressed and are hoping their loving wife and mother is found as soon as possible.”

Sergeant Callow added; “Emergency rescue services have made searches of the surrounding areas, concentrating on the shoreline and sea. They will continue to do so. Offers of help from the Public have been noted and are very much appreciated but at this time we ask that the organised searches are left to properly trained and equipped personnel. This is because of the challenging nature of some of the coastline in the immediate area.

We will keep you updated with any developments. Cathy’s family are most grateful of the support of the Public and the efforts made to locate Cathy. They have asked that the Public and media respect their privacy at this difficult time. If members of the Public are in the area as part of their normal routine please contact us if you see anything you think might be related to the search.”” – IoM Police 01 Apr 2014

“Mon 31/03/14 – The team have continued to search for the missing person in the Niarbyl area along with Peel Coastguard and the RNLI, we’ve now stood down for the evening as darkness sets in. Our thoughts are with the missing person and their family.” – Port Erin Coastguard

“Tues 01/04/14 – Ruby Clery and her volunteer crew to launch again at 6 00pm (BST) to resume the search for the missing local lady.” – Peel RNLI Lifeboat

 

The RNLI ‘Respect the Water’ campaign

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Despite the best efforts of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s volunteer crews and lifeguards –  Did you know that around 150 people still lose their lives around the UK coast each year, and around 80% are men?

….And are you aware that cold water shock occurs in water less than 15 degrees, but the average UK sea temperature is just 12?

You may also be surprised to know that just one metre cubed of water weighs a tonne, and that is not a lot of water. Although as water safety professionals some of this may seem obvious, our research shows that many of those most at risk underestimate such facts, and therefore put themselves in situations of increased and unnecessary risk.

These findings underpinned a new RNLI coastal safety campaign called ‘Respect the Water’ last summer to help raise awareness about dangers of drowning and general risks around the coast. The…

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UK: Man rescued from sea after multiple explosions onboard boat 6 miles off Littlehampton – 281113 1435z

A man has been rescued after he abandoned a boat which suffered multiple explosions during a fire.
He had tried fighting the blaze, but abandoned the Margaret Rose six miles off Littlehampton when it become engulfed with flames.
The skipper called 999 and Solent Coastguard coordinated a rescue operation to recover him from his life-raft around10amtoday.
The Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was deployed, along with RNLI lifeboats from Shoreham and Littlehampton. Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team were also on standby.
The man was recovered by the Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat and returned safely to shore. He didnt sustain any injuries.
Shoreham RNLI lifeboat remains on scene to monitor the boat, which is still on fire.
Jenna Smith, Watch Officer for Solent Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said: This was a very dangerous situation and required a swift response.
The boat was well alight and very hazardous, as it is carrying around 150 litres of diesel and two gas canisters.
We continue to monitor the situation and have advised boats to stay away from the immediate vicinity of the incident.
Update: 11:55am

Thecasualtywas met and checked over by Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team. He had no apparent injuries.

Update: 12:15pm

There are no reports of any pollution.

Update: 1:10pm

TheMargaret Rose has now sunk. MCA

Littlehampton Lifeboat on Facebook:

Littlehamptons RNLI Atlantic 85 Iifeboat Blue Peter 1 launched on service at 9:30am to the motor vessel Margaret Rose which was on fire 8 miles south east of Littlehampton harbour entrance.


The owner had taken to his liferaft and paddled away from the craft and watched with dismay. He was wearing a lifejacket and called for help using his mobile phone.
Littlehampton Lifeboat arrived on scene at 9:49am coinciding with the arrival of the coastguard rescue helicopter. The lifeboat crew found that the sole occupant of the fishing boat had successfully launched and climbed aboard his liferaft. The survivor was unharmed, and was recovered from the liferaft by the lifeboat crew and returned to the lifeboat station. Shoreham Lifeboat remained on scene and stood by the burning wreck, which has subsequently sunk.Our photos (G: top & below) taken by the lifeboat crew show the burning boat as the lifeboat approached, and the liferaft as it is recovered ashore, photo by Eddie Mitchell. (All photos credit: RNLI)

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UK: 3 launches in 3 days for Lizard lifeboat – 191113 1605z

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The Lizard lifeboat has launched three times in as many days to assist yachts in difficulties off Lizard Point.

On Tuesday, November 12 at 8:30am The Lizard lifeboat was launched to a lone sailor onboard Yacht Quintess 2 on passage from Brixham to Ireland that required assistance after the yachts sails were blown out and the vessels engine stopped working.

The yachts occupant had broadcast a Mayday call the night before but was unable to broadcast his position before all the electrics failed. The yacht was left bobbing around overnight before being located by a fishing vessel three miles south west of Lizard Point.

Falmouth Coastguard was contacted and The Lizard lifeboat was launched to rescue the yacht. The yacht was then towed to Falmouth Harbour. The Lifeboat returned to station at 1:00pm.

(Video credit: RNLI) A yacht that had damaged its rigging and had problems with its engine was helped by The Lizard lifeboat. The yacht, with one person on board, was towed safely back to Falmouth.

At 5:30pm the same evening The Lizard lifeboat was again launched to assist a lone yachtsman onboard the Yacht Apsu, 20 miles southeast of Lizard Point that had suffered damaged rigging after being hit by a large wave.

The vessel was returning to the Helford River from Spain and its engine then failed and again the yacht was left bobbing around. Falmouth Coastguard requested The Lizard lifeboat launch and assist the vessel. The yacht was towed to Falmouth Harbour. The lifeboat returned to station at just after midnight.

On Thursday evening at 4:50pm The Lizard lifeboat was launched to assist in a search for a person thought to have fallen over the cliff at Old Lizard Head. The Coastguard rescue teams from Mullion and Porthoustock and a rescue helicopter from 771 Squadron RNAS Culdrose were also involved in the search. It very soon became apparent that the call was a false alarm and all the rescue units were stood down with the lifeboat returning to station at 6:15pm.” – Falmouth Packet

The Lizard lifeboat alongside Yacht Apsu. Credit Andrew Putt.

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UK: Start Bay Search – 2 men rescued off Devon coast after their motor vessel broke down and they began drifting out to sea – 051013 1830z

SEARCH FOR MOTOR VESSEL IN START BAY

Saturday, 5 October 2013

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Two men have been rescued off the Devon coast after their motor vessel broke down and they began drifting out to sea.

 

 

At 1.18pm Brixham Coastguard was alerted to a faint VHF radio broadcast from the motor vessel Flying Fox calling Hello Hello. Brixham Coastguard spoke with the caller who said they had broken down and were drifting out to sea and believed they were in a position one or two nautical miles off Blackpool Sands, Devon but the vessel was finally located some five miles from this location.

 

 

Brixham Coastguard was contacted by the skipper of a nearby vessel called Shiraz who agreed to go the position and locate the motor boat but was unable to find it. Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team was called out to search from the shore for the boat. The VHF radio contact had been lost and a PAN PAN message was broadcast to all vessels in the area to keep a look out.

 

 

The casualty used a mobile phone to call Brixham Coastguard who asked them to use red flares which were not spotted. Brixham Coastguard asked the casualty to use their buoyant orange smoke floatand requested that the merchant vessel NCC Najem, which was transiting the area, look for the smoke ahead of them on their port side but in fact the crew of the tanker NCC Najem spotted the smoke five miles in the opposite direction and to their stern.

 

 

Once located, the motor vessel was towed to Dartmouth by the fishing vessel William Harvey.

 

 

Deputy Watch Manager at Brixham Coastguard, Matt Thornhill says,

 

 

Be well prepared when you set out to sea and make sure you have the right communications equipment and know what to do in an emergency. Knowledge of emergency radio procedures are important to ensure your broadcast is recognised as a call for help.

 

The two men on this boat could not give an accurate location to the Coastguard when they got into difficulty and this hampered efforts to find them. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency recommend using a VHF DSC radio linked to a GPS on your boat which can quickly give an accurate position in an emergency. – MCA

UK: Teen rescued in rough seas by Cullercoats Lifeboat, aided by unknown local surfer. Highlights spring tides and ground swell danger – 080913 2310z

Following a 999 call made by a member of the public reporting a young boy in difficulties in the sea at Browns Bay in Whitley Bay, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of RNLI Cullercoats lifeboat at 5.34pm on Saturday 7 September.

 

Within 8 minutes the lifeboat, Hylton Burdon with the volunteer crew of Peter Clark, Leading Helmsman, Andy Small and Curtis Dunn were at the scene. Directed by volunteers of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, they found a 13 year old local boy floundering in the water and in difficulty. He was only about 15 yards from the coastline but with the tide at its highest and a large sea swell he was unable to get back to the rocks nearby and was getting very tired.

 

Fortunately, whilst the lifeboat was making its way to the scene a local surfer who was walking nearby was also alerted to the boys danger. He entered the water with his surfboard and was able to reach the boy and maintain his position in the area of the water.

 

Once at the scene one of the crew jumped into the sea and was able to get to the casualty and with the help of his fellow volunteer crew members he was able to get the boy on-board the lifeboat with the aid of a safety rope. The surfer was able to make his own way back to the safety of the nearby rocks.

Teenager rescued from water

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Teenager rescued from water

Casualty helped in water byvolunteer crew member

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Casualty helped in water byvolunteer crew member

 

The teenager’s welfare was immediately assessed on the lifeboat where it was ascertained that he had been in the water for some time and was very cold and possibly suffering from shock. He was given a waterproof/windproof covering and taken back to the lifeboat station where he was met and assessed by a Paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service. The teenager was given medical attention at the station and was released back to his family 1 hour later.

 

Peter Clark, Leading Helmsman Cullercoats RNLI said: Browns Bay is notorious at high tide for its dangerous sea swells and the rocks in the area create large waves. Once we arrived he was very tired and weak, any longer in the water and it may have been a different situation. I would like to thank the local surfer who kept the boy secure before we arrived.

 

Frank Taylor, Operations Manager at Cullercoats RNLI said: Routine water activity becomes very dangerous with spring tides and ground swell. This boy is lucky to have been rescued. ” – RNLI

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UK: Oban and Tobermory Lifeboats in rescue of diver with suspected ‘bends’ or decompression sickness ashore on Mull – 270813 2035z

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew went to the aid of a diver with suspected ‘bends’ or decompression sickness ashore on the same day that the RNLI has called on divers to help undertake research into diver safety.

Tobermory Lifeboat (Photo: RNLI)

 

The crew were preparing to attend the station for their weekly Tuesday night training session when their pagers went off shortly after 1830. The male diver, who had developed possible symptoms of decompression sickness having come ashore in Tobermory, was taken on to the Severn class lifeboat which launched at 1850. Tobermory lifeboat proceeded to rendezvous with Oban lifeboat in the Sound of Mull. The casualty was transferred onto Oban lifeboat which had a specialist dive doctor on board. The casualty was then taken to Oban to be transferred to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

 

The ‘shout’ came on the same day that the RNLI called on divers the charity with research into participation and attitudes to safety in the sport by taking part in an online survey which launches today.

Last year alone, 314 diving incidents were reported to the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). The RNLI, in partnership with the British Diving Safety Group (BDSG), is asking divers and dive instructors in the UK to take ten minutes to complete an online survey, which looks at their reasons for participating in diving, how often they take to the water, preferred methods and locations, experience and training, awareness of possible hazards and use of safety measures. The findings will be used to help the RNLI and BDSG develop tailored and relevant safety messages for the diving community, to help make the sport even safer.

Tobermory’s full time Coxswain Andrew McHaffie said: ‘This was a timely reminder that whilst diving is a popular sport, problems can and do arise. This year alone, Tobermory RNLI has gone to the assistance of six divers. Nationally, the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews have rescued 96 divers and saved 13 divers’ lives in the past five years. The RNLI is hoping to hear from divers of all levels of experience, so we can then develop really targeted and relevant safety advice to help them enjoy their sport as safely as possible.’

The online survey will run for nine weeks, during which time anyone who dives in the UK – no matter how often or what level of experience – is invited to visit http://www.rnlidiving.substance.coop and complete the short survey. The research is being undertaken by Substance, on behalf of the RNLI. To supplement the online survey, face-to-face surveys will be conducted at dive sites, charter boat launch and departure points, and at the NEC Dive Show (Dive 2013) in October. In-depth interviews and focus groups will also be conducted. Divers wishing to take part in these are encouraged to contact Substance via the survey website.

This was Tobermory RNLI’s 33rd launch of 2013 and so far this year the volunteer crew has assisted 56 people.

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. – RNLI

 

A map from the Ordnance Survey of grid reference NM at a scale of 1:250.000 (Image: wikimedia.org)

Scotland: Helicopter ditches in North Sea off Shetland – 4 oil workers dead (named), 14 others rescued – 240813 1635z

Three people were missing after a helicopter carrying 18 people crashed into the sea off the coast of Scotland on Friday.

The Coastguard said 15 people had been rescued and were taken to hospital, but three are unaccounted for.

The incident happened near the Shetland Islands, northeast of Edinburgh, and involved a Super Puma helicopter taking 16 passengers and two crew members to and from oil and gas platforms.

The Department of Transport issued an statement on behalf on the Air Accidents Investigation Branch stating it was “aware of incident” and has deployed a team. An air and sea search is continuing, with three helicopters and two lifeboats involved.

“Our two lifeboats are searching for those three unaccounted for,” said Tim Ash, a spokesman for Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Wreckage from the crash has been spotted, said Ash, who added that rescue teams were dealing with strong tides and poor visibility. “Winds are not particularly strong but visibility is not good. Those are the circumstances that our volunteers are facing,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Coastguard said two life rafts from the helicopter were located and found empty.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013 at 04:21 (04:21 AM) UTC RSOE

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Helicopter Crash: Four Dead In North Sea

SKY NEWS 2:46pm UK, Saturday 24 August 2013

The helicopter suffered a “catastrophic loss of power” and ended up upside down in the North Sea, triggering a massive rescue.

“Police have named the four oil workers who died after a helicopter ditched into the sea on its way to Shetland.

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The victims are: Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; Gary McCrossan , 59, from Inverness; and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

The Super Puma L2 went down at approximately 6.27pm on Friday, around two miles west of Sumburgh airport as it was returning to Shetland from the Borgsten Dolphin platform.

The helicopter was carrying 16 workers and two crew.

“The bodies of three people have been recovered and work is underway to recover the body of the fourth person,” Police Scotland said in a statement.

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At least three of the dead had trouble escaping the upturned helicopter

The body of the fourth victim is understood to be in the wreckage of the aircraft.

All the families have been informed.

A search operation involving coastguard, police, RAF and local lifeboats was able to rescue 14 people from the sea, including the two crew. They were taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick.

“Five were discharged and nine detained overnight either for observation or suffering from exposure,” the police statement said.

The helicopter is reported to be in several pieces but the wreckage has now been secured by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

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One of the rescued workers is moved on a stretcher

Helicopter operator CHC, which operates in 30 countries, said on its website that it was temporarily suspending all Super Puma L2 flights worldwide as a precaution.

It has also suspended flights in Aberdeen “as a mark of respect”.

Amanda Smith, the mother of one of the workers, Sam Smith, said that her son had telephoned her from hospital after suffering cuts in the crash.

She told Sky News: “He said it seemed to lose power and there was no time to brace, they just dropped into the sea.

“He was by the window so he was able to escape that way as it rolled over.

“He said he had come off better than a lot of people. It didn’t seem real, I would say two hours later it’s just beginning to sink in.”

CHC said it was flying for French oil company Total and that the aircraft had lost communication as it approached the airport on the southern tip of Shetland’s main island.

Victims of the crash walking from the coastguard rescue helicopter
Some of those rescued were able to walk unaided after the rescue

The four people who died were working for Total through contractor organisations.

A CHC spokesman said: “The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at approximately 6.20pm when contact was lost with air traffic control.”

Mark Abbey, regional director for CHC, expressed his “heartfelt sympathies to all those involved” but said the company would not be speculating about the cause of the crash.

Investigators from the Department for Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch are looking into the incident.

The helicopter was upside down in the water when rescuers arrived, said Sky’s James Matthews in Aberdeen.

“At least three of the four who died had trouble getting out of the wreckage. One body remains in there this morning,” said Matthews.

The survivors were aided by waterproof immersion suits that helped keep them afloat and warm in the North Sea.

The tide – which was heading towards the land – also helped survivors.

Jim Nicholson, RNLI rescue co-ordinator, said: “There appears to have been a catastrophic loss of power which meant the helicopter suddenly dropped into the sea without any opportunity to make a controlled landing.”

Last year, two Super Puma helicopters ditched in the North Sea only six months apart.

All passengers and crew were rescued in both incidents, which were found to be caused by gearbox problems.

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Several helicopters have been involved in the search operation

However, the latest incident marks the fourth in four years involving Super Puma aircraft.

In April 2009, 16 people died when a helicopter returning from BP’s Miller platform crashed 11 miles from Peterhead after a “catastrophic failure” in part of its main gearbox.

The Unite union’s Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty, said the safety record was “unacceptable” and called on the oil and gas industry to use “every means at their disposal to demonstrate that its fleet is fit for purpose”.

Bob Crow, head of the RMT union, said he expected an “outpouring of  anger” after the latest incident.

“The entire Super Puma fleet must remain grounded until the causes of this latest event are established,” said Mr Crow.

 CHC has set up a helpline for concerned relatives on 01224 296 866.

” – SKY NEWS

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They were Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

Three of the four bodies have been recovered. Police Scotland confirmed 14 others were rescued.

The Super Puma L2 helicopter crashed west of Sumburgh Airport at about 18:20 BST on Friday.

An investigation into the cause of the tragedy is under way.

RNLI rescue co-ordinator Jim Nicholson said the helicopter – carrying workers from an oil rig – apparently suffered a “catastrophic loss of power”.

He said it appeared the aircraft had “suddenly dropped into the sea without any opportunity to make a controlled landing”.
Amanda Smith, whose son Sam was on the helicopter, told Sky News it suddenly lost power and those on board had “no time to brace”.

“He was by the window so he was able to escape that way as it rolled over,” she said.

“He said he had come off better than a lot of people, [those] were his words.”

Tim Ripley, an aviation expert with Jane’s Defence Weekly, told the BBC there were “many possible scenarios” behind the helicopter crash.

He said: “The most common one at low level for aircraft and helicopters is bird strikes.

“If one of these helicopters ingested a bird it would cause a very, very nasty accident.

“But it doesn’t seem like that because we have no reports of collisions, which points towards a failure of the engine and the mechanical systems on the helicopter.”

A total of 18 people were on board the helicopter.The 14 survivors, including the two crew members, were taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick for treatment.

Police Scotland said five were discharged a short time later and nine were detained overnight either for observation or suffering from exposure.

The ditched helicopter was found broken into several pieces up against rocks.

Boats, including a ferry and a cargo ship, joined lifeboat crews from Lerwick and Aith and helicopters from the coastguard, RAF Lossiemouth and two Bond rescue helicopters to search for survivors.

The AS332 L2 helicopter, carrying passengers crew from the Borgsten Dolphin oil rig in the North Sea, was operated by CHC for Total, taking people to and from oil and gas installations.

Oil firm Total confirmed that the three men and one woman who died all worked for contract organisations.

‘Lost power’
Earlier, Mr Nicholson told the BBC the helicopter had been in a “fairly inaccessible position… near the cliffs”, with weather in the area not “particularly good”.
A CHC spokesman confirmed that an L2 aircraft landed in the water, approximately two miles west of Sumburgh on Friday.

“The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at approximately 6.20pm when contact was lost with air traffic control,” he said.

In a later statement, the company said the cause of the incident was unknown but Super Puma L2 flights would be suspended worldwide.

“Also, in deference to the incident and the investigation, we are suspending all flights [on] Saturday by our UK operations,” the company added.

Bond Offshore Helicopters also said it would not be operating any of its Super Puma aircraft fleet, with the exception of its Jigsaw rescue aircraft which would be available for life at risk missions.

Michael Bull, whose son Samuel was rescued, said: “We understand he was on his way back from a rig and the helicopter lost power suddenly and immediately ditched into the water.

“He managed to escape straight away because he was right by an exit and I understand soon afterwards that the helicopter turned over.”

Aith RNLI Lifeboat crew retrieve helicopter wreckage in Shetland

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Published on Aug 24, 2013

Aith Lifeboat crew tow Super Puma helicopter which crashed into the sea off Sumburgh, Shetland, on the night of 23/24 August 2013. Four lives were lost from the helicopter.

 

UK: Gravesend man feared dead after trying to save young girl from the sea – Heroic youngsters help rescue girl – 150713 1725z

The search of the River Thamesfor a man feared drownedafter trying to save a young girlhas been called off.

The man – believed to live locally and in his 20s – went missingin the river off Gravesend yesterday as four children rushed to rescue him and the girl, who was saved.

A search – which included the Kent Police Marine Unit, coastguard and helicopter – took place soon after the man disappeared.

There was another search at about midnight and continued today just after noon.

Kent Police said there has been no sign of the man and the active hunt has now concluded.

A spokesman said the man’s family have been informed.

The prom was taped off on Sunday by police
Earlier, a schoolgirl told how she and pals risked their own lives to save the man when he got into difficulties rescuing the girl.

St John’s comprehensive pupil Weronika Medlewska, 15, was one of four youngsters who tried to help the struggling recuer at Gordon Promenade yesterday.

Emergency services were called at 3.47pm following a report that a man had been seen in the water and had not resurfaced.

The RNLI lifeboat from Gravesend was sent immediately to the scene.

Emergency services at the scene yesterday. Picture Luka Hanmore

Meanwhile St John’s pupils Jake Cornish, 16, and Weronika Medlewska, 15, and Swan Valley pupils Lewis Rossiter, 18, and Kieran Wellard, 16, went in to the water to help the man and girl.

Weronika said: “Me and my mate were the ones that tried saving him, but i think it was too late.

“We jumped into the water and tried getting him out but he was just going down and he was pulling us under the water with him.

“It breaks my heart because I know I couldn’t save him – he was too heavy for us.

“He was 28 and we’re 15-16. Still shocked. Just hope they will find him soon.

“We tried our best, we couldn’t risk our lives.”

St John’s deputy head Michael O’Shea said: “We’re just so proud of them. Knowing them as I do, it doesn’t surprise me that they’ve jumped in to help someone.”

The girl was safely rescued, but the man disappeared under the water.

Pru Fahey, a member of staff at St John’s school on Rochester Road, said: “Yesterday I was at the prom in Gravesend where I witnessed a terrible situation unfolding.

“A girl and a boy were in the Thames when they got taken under by the current.

“A woman came over screaming, saying ‘please help, my daughter’s drowning’ when one of our students jumped in without a second thought and helped save the girl.

“It was Jake Cornish. It was a real act of bravery and I was extremely proud.”

Temperatures in the area topped 30C yesterday.

London Coastguard watch manager Philip Myers said yesterday: “The lifeboat was on scene really quickly this afternoon and everyone involved did everything they could to find the man.

“We will carry out a search of the shoreline tonight but this is increasingly looking like a tragic accident.”

The South East Coast Ambulance Service was also on the scene after the initial alarm was raised.

This weekend, Gravesend will be hosting Party on the Prom which Gravesham council has confirmed will still go ahead.” – kentonline

Video: A lifeboat searches the Thames for the missing man

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Gravesend man still missing after rescuing young girl from the sea

A MULTI-AGENCY search continued last night for a man who is feared drowned after rescuing a young girl in Gravesend.

The Medway Coastguard Rescue team, Gravesend RNLI, Port of London Authority and Kent Police searched the shoreline off Gravesend Promenade at midnight to find the missing man after he got into difficulty yesterday afternoon at 3.30pm.

The RNLI lifeboat was sent immediately to the scene while four members of the public went in to the water to help the man and girl.

The girl was safely rescued but unfortunately the man disappeared under the water.

Two launches from the Port of London Authority and Metropolitan Police joined the RNLI lifeboat in searching the sea with the Essex Police helicopter searching from the air.

Unfortunately the man was not found.

London Coastguard Watch Manager Philip Myers said yesterday:

“The lifeboat was on scene really quickly this afternoon and everyone involved did everything they could to find the man. We will carry out a search of the shoreline tonight but this is increasingly looking like a tragic accident.” – thisiskent

Last update from Gravesend Lifeboat at 16.25pm Monday 15 July: “Low water search carried out. Nothing found.” – GravesendRNLI

UK: Penarth & Barry Dock Lifeboats aid yacht aground off Penarth pier, after Mayday call. Crew rescued, unhurt. – 270513 2245z

Both Penarth lifeboats were launched at 15.40 today after a Mayday was broadcast from a yacht aground near the Penarth pier.

The vessel was in breaking seas, three crew of its crew were evacuated by the D class and placed aboard Barry Dock lifeboat. The vessel’s skipper and a Penarth crew member stayed aboard until it refloated and was recovered to Cardiff Bay, all aboard safe and well.
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**Incident 24 ** 27 May 1545 – Tasked by Swansea to a vessel with 4 Persons On Board (POB) that had run aground just off the Outer Wrach Buoy (near Penarth Pier). On scene to vessel hard aground, vessel under observation until Penarth Lifeboat and Barry Dock Lifeboat arrived. 3 POB taken aboard Penarth IRB and transferred to Barry ALB. Penarth RNLI crew members go on-board casualty vessel to help re-float vessel and help the crew motor into Cardiff Barrage, where the were met by Penarth Coastguard. Casualties were all safe and well and required no medical attention. The vessel had all necessary lifesaving equipment (Lifejackets, radio, DSC, first aid kit, GPS) but had out of date flares. Safety advice was given and the crew returned the Penarth RNLI crew members back to the boat house; Released by Swansea to return to our station.

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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.

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” – RNLI

UK: 48 people rescued from sinking boat near Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales – 250513 1600z

48 people rescued from sinking boat near Skomer Island

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The Lady Helen being helped by her sister boatThe Lady Helen being helped by her sister boat

Nearly 50 passengers, including children, have been rescued from a boat after it struck a rock and started taking in water off Pembrokeshire.

The Lady Helen had been sailing from Martin’s Haven to nearby Skomer Island.

A mayday was sent out and a number of other boats went to its rescue, including its sister boat, the Dale Princess.

Milford Haven coastguard said all 48 passengers were “safely ashore with no injuries”.

Boat trips are popular to Skomer, a wildlife sanctuary and home to colonies of thousands of sea birds just off the Pembrokeshire coast.

Diver Dr Pauline Smith picked up passengers on her friend’s boat, Over Dale.

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“We were a group of divers who were on our way out and a mayday call was put out,” said Dr Smith.

“The Lady Helen was going from Martin’s Haven to Skomer and it had run aground on some rocks between the island.

“A number of boats had to go to its rescue.

Everyone has done an excellent job carrying out this rescue, including all the various vessels that responded Barrie Yelland Milford Haven Coastguard

“Between them, the boats disembarked 40 passengers.”

The sister boat, the Dale Princess, managed to drag the sinking Lady Helen off the rocks and began pulling her gently further ashore.

The RNLI and police boats are also in attendance.

Dr Smith, a GP from Pembrokeshire, said: “We had quite a few children and elderly ladies on our boat. The children were initially a bit scared. They said the boat had been listing. But once we gave them a Twix each they were fine.”

Milford Haven coastguard said the alert was raised at 12.55 BST when the Lady Helen issued a mayday alert.

The Lady Helen The Lady Helen, pictured during the rescue, struck a rock in Little Sound

The boat had struck a rock in Little Sound, between Martin’s Haven and Skomer Island.

It became stuck and began taking on water when she was pulled free by another boat.

“We can report that all 48 passengers are now safely ashore with no injuries,” said Milford Haven Coastguard watch manager Barrie Yelland.

“The vessel has now been beached at a place called Martin’s Haven and there are three salvage pumps on board and she is being pulled further up the shore.

“Everyone has done an excellent job carrying out this rescue, including all the various vessels that responded.”

The RNLI lifeboats from Angle and St David’s were involved, along with a Dyfed-Powys Police rib and an RAF helicopter from Chivenor in Devon.

“Special thanks must also go out to the boat Over Dale,” said the watch manager.

The Lady Helen The stricken Lady Helen was pulled ashore by its sister boat, the Dale Princess”

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

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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: itv.com) 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: itv.com) 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

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

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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