Beaumaris Lifeboat News

50 Years of Inshore Lifeboats

50 Years of Inshore Lifeboats

It will be 50 years in May 2017 since the crew of Beaumaris All weather lifeboat had to learn additional boating skills with the arrival of the first Blue Peter 2 lifeboat at Beaumaris. This was a D class inflatable and since then the station has operated four Blue Peter 2 lifeboats increasing in size from the original D class via the Atlantic 21 to an Atlantic 75.

The current Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Annette Mary Liddington was launched on her first service from the station in January 2010. She was provided by the generous bequest of Mr John Grover Liddington in memory of his mother and other donations to the Beaumaris Lifeboat Station Local Appeal. and is named after the mother of the donor who funded the major part of the cost of the lifeboat.

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Beaumaris Lifeboat Day

Many thanks to all who attended our 2019 Open Day on Saturday 20th July.

We look forward to seeing everyone back here for the 2020 event.

Details of the event will be posted early 2020.

For more information, please contact John Pulford via phone 07824 764474.

For exciting updates about the day, please follow our Facebook page!

Video of shout 25 July 2015

Lifeboat day action on July 27th
Lifeboat day promises to be a crowd pleaser with bouncy castles plus stands for the fire brigade and Coastguard, plus the RSPB. The lifeboat will be on the water and a joint exercise with the helicopter is planned for 3pm, services permitting.

Busy weekend for the lifeboat
The volunteer crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat today on a “shout” assisting Llandudno RNLI crew and its D Class lifeboat with towing a 40ft yacht that has broken down in Colwyn Bay.  The yacht was towed into Deganwy.
Beaumaris Lifeboat was called out three times yesterday but stood down on all occasions.  The first at 17:00 was for a kayaker at Penmon who had been rescued by a fishing boat and taken ashore by the time the lifeboat arrived.  The second incident at 21:50 was for a broken down boat in Menai Bridge but the crew were stood down just before they launched, and the final incident at 22:40 was to search for an inflatable with passengers on board off Caernarfon that was over 2 hours late returning.  The lifeboat was launched and was at Bangor Pier when they informed the inflatable had returned so the crew were stood down.

Three Peaks race yachts run aground

The volunteer crew of Beaumaris RNLI has been called out twice to assist contestants taking part in the Three Peaks Yacht Race, one of the oldest and most remarkable extreme multi-sport endurance races in the world which started yesterday, Saturday 15 June.
The first incident saw the crew paged at 21.11 last night to a yacht that had run aground off Caernarfon Bar.  The crew went to assist the yacht but as one of the rules of the race stipulates no outside assistance is allowed the race contestants decided to wait until they refloated. 
The second call out was today at 09.01 to another yacht that had run aground at The Cribben in the Menai Strait.  The yacht, Firedancer, was assisted off the rock by the lifeboat crew.

Busy bank holiday weekend for the lifeboat

The volunteer crew of Beaumaris RNLI have had a busy Saturday (25 May) of bank holiday weekend with two call outs to jet skis in trouble on the Menai Strait.

The first incident at 3.45pm was in response to three jet skis that ran aground at Lavan Sands opposite Friars Bay.  With high tide not until 8pm tonight, the RNLI crew offered the jet ski riders assistance but they decided to stay with their craft to wait until they float off so they could return to Conwy.

The second incident was at 6.05pm, when the Beaumaris RNLI was called out to Felinheli to tender a jet ski that had run out of fuel.  The jet ski and rider were towed ashore by the lifeboat crew.

The Island Race is a big hit with runners
Around 1800 runners took part in the Island Dragon Race half marathon on Anglesey in glorious sunshine this morning, raising funds for the Beaumaris RNLI lifeboat.

The race started on the Bangor side of the Menai Bridge and led through the towns of Menai Bridge, Beaumaris and Llanfaes. The successful Island Race event is run by Always Aim High events.

Beaumaris Lifeboat crew rewarded for their hard work
20 members of Beaumaris Lifeboat have been awarded The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.  The RNLI Operations Director, Mr Michael Vlasto, visited Beaumaris Lifeboat Station on 15 August to hand the medals to some of the crew, picture attached.  Mr Vlasto also awarded the RNLI Silver Statuette to Mr Gareth Parry, one of the longstanding Launching Authorities.  Mr Parry received the award for long and distinguished individual service to the RNLI.

Busy weekend for the Beaumaris Lifeboat
.. read the story via the North Wales Chronicle

Beaumaris Lifeboat Day starts with a Shout
Onlookers at the Beaumaris Lifeboat Day saw the lifeboat launch to rescue a cabin cruiser seen drifting down the Menai Strait.  Beaumaris Lifeboat was launched to render assistance and the vessel was taken under tow to Menai Bridge.  This was to be the first launch during Beaumaris Lifeboat day!

The Olympic Torch travels on the Beaumaris Lifeboat

Ceilidh at the Bulkeley Hotel Friday 15th June
Irish folk band / dance Shake the Barley are playing at the Bulkeley hotel, Beaumaris on Friday 15th June 2012, 7.30 till midnight. Tickets £10 from Ena’s newsagents / Victoria Cottage B&B 01248 810807.  £5 per ticket to the Beaumaris Lifeboat.

Three fishermen rescued at Caernarfon Bar
Beaumaris Lifeboat was called out last night at 00.15 by the HM Coastguard in response to a call received by mobile phone from a 28ft fishing boat that had engine failure.  The fishing boat with three men on board had left Caernarfon at 19.00 on Monday.    The crew of Beaumaris RNLI conducted a search of the waters off Caernarfon and were joined by a SAR Helicopter and Porth Dinllaen Lifeboat.  The fishing boat was located by the SAR Helicopter off a Mussel Bank near Newborough Beach.  Porth Dinllaen Lifeboat was stood down and Beaumaris Lifeboat proceeded to the Mussel Bank where one of the Lifeboat crew was put on board the fishing boat to assist the three men on to the lifeboat.  As one of the men had onset hypothermia and the other two were suffering with the cold and sea sickness, they were winched from the lifeboat on to the helicopter who then transferred them to hospital.      Antony Robinson, Beaumaris RNLI helm said;  “The weather conditions were such that it wasn’t suitable for us to tow the fishing boat so I asked HM Coastguard to retask Porth Dinllaen to assist with the tow.  Porth Dinllaen Lifeboat towed the fishing boat to the Menai Strait and we then took over and towed the boat into Slate Quay at Caernarfon.”   Beaumaris Lifeboat then proceeded back to the Beaumaris Lifeboat Station returning at 04.15.

Olympic torch to travel on the Beaumaris Lifeboat on May 29th
The Olympic Torch will set off from historic Beaumaris Castle at 7.00am before travelling along Castle Street and Alma Street and onto Beaumaris RNLI slipway before being ferried aboard the inshore lifeboat from Beaumaris Pier to Menai Bridge Pier. There will be accompanying lifeboats, the RAF helicopter and a flypast. The Torch will leave the Castle at 7 am and be on the Lifeboat by 0730 hrs.   News article * RNLI Press release

Lifeboat seeks new volunteers
Beaumaris Lifeboat is looking for new recruits as crew members. If you are interested in joining theRNLI in Beaumaris visit and and visit Beaumaris boathouse between 6pm and 8pm on Monday and Thursday evenings, when weekly crew training takes place. "We are looking for very well motivated and dedicated volunteers who live or work in Beaumaris to join us" said PhilGreville.

Pier engineers donate power wash to the station
A team of engineers from BAMNuttall Ltd who are working on the Beaumaris pier redevelopment project have presented Beaumaris Lifeboat with a new jet power wash.  "We have been working very closely with BAM Nuttall over many months now and they havekept disruption to a minimum next to the boathouse.  We've been able tolaunch the lifeboat for rescues and on our weekly training without any delays"said Phil Greville, the Lifeboat Operations Manager.  "I'd like tosay a massive thank you to the team working on the pier, they built us ahauling block next to the slipway last year, and the new power wash will makecleaning the lifeboat after each shout much easier." 

Lifeboat called to rescue couple in Submerged Camper Van
Beaumaris RNLI Lifeboat was called out on Friday night at 00.35 after the police reported a camper van half submerged with two people in it at a trailer park near the slip at Menai Bridge.

Beaumaris RNLI’s volunteer crew were assembled and found when they arrived at Menai Bridge that they could take the RNLI lifeboat right up to the camper van due to the high tide.  The two camper van passengers were able to open the van’s door to board the RNLI’s Lifeboat and were then taken by the volunteer lifeboat crew to shore.  The crew remained with the two van passengers as they were suffering from shock and cold till an ambulance arrived when they were put in the care of the paramedics.  The volunteer lifeboat crew then returned to the Lifeboat Station.

Beaumaris RNLI Lifeboat Station Welcomes New Manager

Phil Greville (standing second from the right) with the Goddard family from Prescot, Merseyside who presented a donation to Beaumaris RNLI with Antony Robinson, Beaumaris RNLI helm (far right) and Gareth Parry, Beaumaris RNLI Deputy Launching Authority (kneeling).
Beaumaris Lifeboat Station has welcomed Phil Greville as the station’s dedicated Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM).  Phil, who currently works for the RAF as Regional Liaison Office for Wales based at RAF Valley, will be responsible for managing all operational activities at the lifeboat station, authorising the launch of the lifeboat and the day-to-day management of the station assisted by the team of DLAs (deputy launching authority).
Phil, who is a keen sailor but fortunately never needed the RNLI’s services, has worked closely with the RNLI in his RAF capacity at civic events in Beaumaris and also during the national multi-agency emergency flood training exercises held at Bala during March.
Phil said;  “I am delighted to have joined Beaumaris Lifeboat Station as I have long been a great admirer of the RNLI and the crew’s commitment, dedication and loyalty.  There is a lot of synergy between the RAF and RNLI as they have the same core values and in both teamwork and training is paramount, so I look forward to working with the team in continuing to provide this valuable lifesaving service.”  One of Phil’s first roles as LOM was to receive a donation from the Goddard family from Prescot, Merseyside.  The donations came from the funeral service of Mr Alan Goddard.

RNLI round Anglesey Challenge completes successfully
Sunday May 22nd 73 cyclists set off from Beaumaris Lifeboat station cycling round Anglesey, the event took place in spiute of the high winds and torrential rain. About £8,000 was raised. Read More

Beaumaris launches on 6 services in as many days leading up to Easter
The lifeboat has had a busy week, with three of the "shouts" waking the volunteer crew at night. As well as working with the RAF rescue helicopter and HM coastguard on rescues at sea, the volunteer crew have also had to deal with hoaxers. Two holidaymakers who were rescued on Monday night called the coastguard with the story that they were again adrift in a fishing boat at 2 am on Wednesday night to watch the lifeboat launch from the shore. Services of Beaumaris Lifeboat

Lifeboat and helicopter work together to rescue three fishermen
The volunteer crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat Station were called out for the second time in a day to respond to a 15ft fishing boat taking in water off Caernarfon Bar. The lifeboat crew assisted the RAF rescue helicopter winch the three crew off the fishing boat who were then taken to hospital. The fishing boat sunk so the lifeboat crew worked with the coastguard on recovering the boat.

Beaumaris Lifeboat station is the busiest in Wales
RNLI lifeboats rescued 1,121 people in call-outs off the coast of Wales and the Isle of Man over the past year, with pleasure boats the main cause. Figures for the RNLI Wales and the West area show boats were launched 1,207 times in 2010, a similar total to 2009.

RNLI volunteers at Beaumaris lifeboat station, Anglesey, were the busiest within the Wales and West division.

Lifeboat is called out for search
The volunteer crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat Station were called out December 28th at 3.20 to search for a missing man along the Menai Strait. At 6.25 am the boat returned to the lifeboat station for a crew change and continued with the search working closely with Bangor and Penmon Coastguards and RAF rescue helicopter.
>> More information on the search

Do your bit to aid lifeboat cash bid
Daily Post - Jul 9, 2008
"Beaumaris lifeboat covers the whole of the Menai Strait, is one of the busiest in Wales, and last year was involved in almost 80 services."...

Stuck yacht freed from under pier
BBC News - Oct 21, 2008
There was no damage to the pier, and the boat was towed out by Beaumaris lifeboat later in the day. In September he was re..

Boy rescued after boat capsizes
BBC News - Jul 2, 2008
The alarm was raised by mobile phone with the Llandwrog Coastguard Rescue Team and the inshore lifeboat from Beaumaris called out. The Plas Menai staff ...

Lifeboat launched off Anglesey
Daily Post - Jul 31, 2008
... last night to assist a yacht in difficulties in the Menai Strait. ... The Beaumaris inshore lifeboat was scrambled and the yacht was found fouled on a ...

Attempt to scale Menai Bridge was "crazy"
Daily Post - May 5, 2008
TWO men who risked a 150ft death plunge by attempting to scale the Menai suspension ... A spokesman for Beaumaris Lifeboat Station said: “At 3.12am on the ...

Lifeboat crews aid May Day yachts
BBC News - May 5, 2008
Lifeboats from Porthdinllaen and Beaumaris tried to tow a yacht which had hit a rock near Llanddwyn Island, off Anglesey and was taking in water. ...

Man in coast rescue 'recovering'
BBC News - May 26, 2008
The RAF crew then helped the Beaumaris lifeboat locate a tired windsurfer off the coast of Llanfairfechan, Gwynedd who had been in the water for nearly 30 ...

Ten airlifted from stranded boat
BBC News - May 5, 2008
A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley was called to the scene after the inshore lifeboat from Beaumaris was unable to reach the stranded vessel. ...

More Fund Raising News

85 Appeal Receives Boost

At a recent social evening the staff and site residents from the Thornley Leisure Dinas Dinlle caravan park presented a very substantial donation of £1,000 to the Beaumaris Lifeboat 85 appeal. 

The photograph below shows the cheque being presented to the Lifeboat Treasurer and Deputy Launching Authority.

Several other charities were also presented with cheques including the Wales Air Ambulance and the children's ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

All the monies raised had been accumulated from fund raising events including a fun day, bingo evenings and raffles.

Children Donate to the Lifeboat

Recently a presentation was held at the Lifeboat Station where the children of Packwood School presented a cheque for £1000 to the Lifeboat Operations Manager.

This magnificent effort was supported by the Headmaster and parents at an end of term event after several of the pupils who live locally raised the idea.


Anglesey RNLI lifeboat stations benefit from cash gift

The five R.A.O.B (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes) lodges of the Bangor and District Province have donated £1,300 to the lifesaving charity, which will be shared between:-
Holyhead, Beaumaris, Moelfre and Trearddur Bay RNLI lifeboat stations.
Representatives from the RNLI lifeboat stations met with David Wright, Chief Officer for the Province in 2005 at Holyhead lifeboat station on Sunday (25 March) and received their individual cheques for £325.

The RNLI was one of our charities of the year, so we undertook allsorts of fundraising activities such as raffles and meetings to help raise as much money as possible.
The two R.A.O.B lodges of Amlwch and the three in Holyhead raised £1,300 for the RNLI and an additional £1,800 for a children’s charity.

"We hope the RNLI volunteers will find some good use for the donation."
Ray Steadman, Lifeboat Press Officer at Holyhead Lifeboat Station, who helped organise the presentation says.

"As a charity which relies on voluntary contributions and legacies for income, the RNLI is indebted to people who give so generously to keep the lifesaving service afloat."

Beaumaris RNLI lifeboat station will use the money to purchase a waterproof handheld GPS and a bracket for their video projector.