Busy 2014 for RNLI Aberystwyth
Written by Paul McCann :: [Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:24] [Saturday, 26 September 2015 17:39]
2014 was a busy year for the RNLI crew at Aberystwyth who were called upon 41 times to launch the stations lifeboats, rescuing 17 people and saving one life.
The year started early on New Years day with the crew being paged at 7:30am to a person in the sea in rough conditions. The casualty was able to get out of the water before the stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Spirit of Friendship' was launched.
The bad weather continued throughout January with the lifeboat crew keeping the social media accounts updated on weather and safety measures and the stations online weather system providing live weather updates to people across the world.
January saw the crew launch three times altogether including the rescue of a man from the end of the wooden jetty during the storm force conditions. This set the tone for the rest of the year with rescue launches every single month of the year upto the end of Sept.
On Friday 16 May the crew were launched to rescue a man from a burning boat just off Aberystwyth. Both lifeboats stayed at sea for a number of hours ensuring people stayed safe and away from the burning vessel after the occupant had been rescued.
Of the 41 launches, 16 were carried out in the dark conditions mainly assisting the search for missing people. In total the crew were at sea for over 123 hours on rescues alone.
During the year the volunteer crew put in over 700 hours training on the stations equipment and lifeboats to ensure that they are ready to answer the pager whenever it goes off, in whatever conditions.
Richard Griffiths, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Aberystwyth said "The crews commitment level in 2014 has been massive, not just the rescues but the fundraising, maintenance, station visits, social media and training takes up an enormous amount of time and has asked a lot of them and their families. Im very proud of our volunteers and they are very grateful to the support they receive from the local community and without that support we could not continue to do what we do"
To give back to the local community the crew have put together a 10 minute video to highlight all the different activities, training and rescues they were involved with in 2014. Allowing our supporters to get a bit closer to the life of an RNLI volunteer.