Category Archives: Lifeboat / Search & Rescue

Chiswick RNLI Helmsman’s Lifesaving Skills Save His Dog

While walking his dog Chiswick lifeboat Helmsman Mark Turrell’s labrador Hugo, choked on a ball and his heart stopped. Mark said:  ‘Hugo’s eyes rolled back, and he went completely limp in my arms.  ‘He wasn’t breathing, I knew he was dead, but I had to do something.  ‘Suddenly his muscles relaxed so I could remove the ball from his mouth. 

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Calling All 999 Call Handlers (Past and Present)

Are you a call handler for the Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue Service or Coastguard? Or were you once-upon-a-time an emergency services call handler? Emma Jones, a Producer from a TV Company called Electric Ray, is looking to speak to as many people as possible to try to fully understand the role of a call handler and the process a

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RNLI Statement Regarding Donations Being Spent Overseas: ‘There Has Been No Sleight Of Hand’.

The RNLI has been forced to defend their lifesaving overseas work after some sections of the mainstream media criticised the life-saving charity. Over the weekend, both the Mail Online and The Times published articles that criticised the charity for its overseas work, at a time when UK-based salaried staff are facing job cuts.  The headline published by the Daily Mail

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RNLI Announces 135 Job Cuts In Bid To Save Money

The RNLI has confirmed that it intends to reduce its paid workforce by up to 135 positions as it tries to find ways of saving money.  The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government

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RNLI Lifeguard Unit Broken Into THREE Times Over Two Weekends

The RNLI has confirmed that its lifeguard unit at Boobys beach, near Padstow, has been broken into on multiple occasions recently, some which have involved the theft of donations to the RNLI.  The first break-in occurred during the night on Saturday 10 August, but those involved in this incident have already been identified and dealt with by the police. The

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Police Appeal For Information After Quad Bike Is Stolen From RNLI Lifeguard Station

Cleveland Police are appealing for information following a burglary at the RNLI lifeguard station in Saltburn. The incident occurred between the hours of 6 pm on Monday 19th and 9:15 am this morning (Tuesday 20th). A red RNLI 4×4 quad bike and two ten litre fuel cans were stolen. A post shared on the Staithes & Runswick RNLI Facebook Page said:

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RNLI Mayday Call To Boat Taking On Water With Baby On Board

At 5.30pm on Tuesday 16 July, Calshot RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were paged by the Coastguard to a Mayday call from a sailing yacht that was taking on water with four persons and a baby on board. Calshot RNLI crew quickly launched the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘Max Walls’ to the stricken vessel that had reportedly already taken on 18 inches of

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RNLI’s Advice Saves Male Who ‘Went For A Swim’ In The Thames After An Afternoon Down The Pub

A man in his twenties moments from drowning in the River Thames has told RNLI crew how he managed to stay above the water by adopting the charity’s ‘Float to Live’ advice. The man, who had been at a local pub in Wapping had decided to go for a swim in the river but quickly found himself overcome by the

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RNLI Lifeguards Rescue Stranded Puppy From Sand Bank

Lifeguards were alerted to a puppy in trouble at 11 am by a member of the public who saw the dog stranded on a sandbar at the entrance to Rye Harbour. The dog had spotted a seagull and dashed off after it and into the harbour. Lifeguards Georgia Landy and Laurence Petit responded immediately with Laurence launching and coaxing the

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Whitby RNLI In Multi-Agency Rescue After Boat Capsizes With Four Persons Onboard

Whitby RNLI In Multi-Agency Rescue After Boat Capsizes With Four Persons Onboard The RNLI beach lifeguards who were on duty at the time also attended the scene using jet skis and retrieved a casualty from the water. When the inshore lifeboat (ILB) reached the sunken boat, the other three casualties had been plucked from the water by local fishermen, who

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