An interesting few days for the R N L I Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Members of Beaumaris lifeboat have had a busy time this week ranging from collaborating with Fire and Rescue.Crew member was part of the RNLI party attending the House of Commons. A Relief lifeboat has arrived at the station. Finally at 2.33 am this morning the lifeboat crew pagers sounded.

The Annette Mary Liddington and Norma Ethel Vinall during the swap over of the boats

RNLI/Matt Day

The Annette Mary Liddington and Norma Ethel Vinall

Some of the volunteer crew members at Beaumaris are also members of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team and they often work with the Fire & Rescue teams when they are deployed to areas in the U.K. which have been flooded. Thus they appreciated seeing the new Welsh Government provided equipment that north Wales Fire and Rescue has now received.

A crew member was invited to visit the Houses of Parliament for the annual Anglesey day event which highlights the many services and industries located on the island.

The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington which has been participated in hundreds of service since her first Beaumaris service in 2010 had returned to her birth place the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Building Centre situated at Cowes on the Isle of Wight for a well-earned refit and upgrade of her electronic equipment.

In particular a new console layout for the helm and the crew integrated with the System and Information Management system (SIMS).

SIMS is used across all the new classes of lifeboats, and runs the plotter, radar, navigation and other tools, allowing crews to be trained on one lifeboat and then be able to use those skills on another class of lifeboat should the need arise

The relief lifeboat that will be on station is named Norma Ethel Vinall

Being a permanent member of the Relief fleet she has served on many station since being built in 2008. She will be demonstrating her prowess at our Lifeboat Open Day on 2 June 2018 as the Annette Mary Liddington is not scheduled to return until July 2018.

Her first service request came when the pagers for the volunteer crew went off at 2.33 am on the 20 April with a request to attend a police incident at Port Penrhyn, Bangor. Fortunately the matter was resolved by the responding north Wales Police officers and at 2.38 am the U.K. Coastguard cancelled the launch request. As this cancellation request came through as the boat was leaving the boathouse it saved the crew having to refuel and wash down the lifeboat so they could return to their beds earlier than anticipated.

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