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Aim of the RNLI

The RNLI has a clear mission statement:

“Our crews aim to launch their lifeboats with 10 minutes of being notified and can operate up to 100 nautical miles out at sea. We aim to reach at least 90% of all casualties within 10 nautical miles of the coast within 30 minutes of a lifeboat launch – any weather.”

We question how local rescues can take place in a challenging sea to meet this aim of the RNLI. The nearest boats
at Barmouth and Fishguard would take more than an hour and a half to attend to an emergency off New Quay or Aberaeron. We therefore consider that the RNLI has a very ill-considered plan TO STRIP OUR COASTLINE OF VITAL EMERGENCY COVER.

Whereas the Shannon is an All-Weather Lifeboat

The B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat is an inshore lifeboat, designed to operate in shallower water, the B class can handle fairly challenging open sea conditions – force 7 near gale winds in daylight and force 6 at night. Therefore any conditions worst than this would require a rescue by the ALB’s stationed at Barmouth or Fishguard

 

 Shannon All-Weather LifeBoat                                                                         B Class Atlantic 85

     

 

 

Lifeboat category:                                                                                         Lifeboat category
All-weather                                                                                                       Inshore

Year introduced to the RNLI fleet:                                                             Year introduced to the RNLI fleet:
2013                                                                                                                  2005

Launch type:                                                                                                   Launch type:
Carriage, afloat or slipway                                                                            Carriage, davit or floating boathouse

Crew:                                                                                                                Crew:
6                                                                                                                          3-4

Survivor capacity:                                                                                          Survivor capacity:
Self-righting – 23
Non self-righting – 79                                                                                    20

Maximum speed:                                                                                           Maximum speed:
25 knots                                                                                                            35 knots

Range / endurance:                                                                                        Range / endurance:
250 nautical miles                                                                                          3 hours maximum

Length:                                                                                                             Length:
13.6m                                                                                                                8.44 m

Beam / width:                                                                                                 Beam / width: 
4.5m                                                                                                                  2.85m

Draught / depth:                                                                                             Draught / depth:      
1m                                                                                                                     0.53m

Displacement / weight:                                                                                 Displacement / weight:
18 tonnes (maximum)                                                                                   1.8 tonnes

Fuel capacity:                                                                                                  Fuel capacity:
2,740 litres                                                                                                        210 litres

Engines:                                                                                                            Engines:  
2 x 13-litre Scania D13 650hp engines                                                         2 x Yamaha 4-stroke engines at 115hp each

with propulsion from twin Hamilton

HJ364 waterjets

Steering positions:                                                                                        Steering positions:                                                          

 2 – an elevated upper steering position for                                               1

360º views and one inside the wheelhouse

Construction:                                                                                                 Construction:
Hull, deck and wheelhouse are constructed of                                      Hull: carbon fibre and foam core laminate.

composite materials; predominantly an epoxy resin                           includes epoxy glass and foam sandwich layup.

film infusion glass sandwich construction, with                                   Inflatable collar: hypalon-coated nylon.

carbon fibre in areas with high load

 

If you were a Trustee of the RNLI which boat would you recommend to replace the current Mersey class All-Weather Lifeboat, ‘Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge’ at New Quay?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Political Support

Ben Lake, MP for Ceredigion, and Elin Jones, A.M for Ceredigion

paid New Quay Lifeboat Station a visit to discuss the concerns raised by the withdrawal of the All-Weather Lifeboat from here and to show their support for our campaign

 

 

 

 

Support also from Simon Thomas AM for Mid and West Wales

Mid and West Wales Assembly Member Joyce Watson

“I support local campaigners who are concerned about the proposal to withdraw all-weather support between Barmouth and fishguard. The RNLI does a terrific job under difficult circumstances, but weather can change quickly in Cardigan Bay, and forward planning should account for the possibility of extreme weather conditions. I have asked the RNLI to confirm how long they would expect it would take for a rescue from Barmouth or Fishguard in these circumstances. There are huge concerns locally about the potential impact these changes will have on anyone needing an all-waether boat in severe conditions if the changes are implemented.”

 

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival

A great day was to be had at this year’s festival!

Firstly many thanks must go to the Seafood Festival Committee who kindly invited us to the event.

It was an excellent day for us to raise public awareness of the issue facing the Ceredigion coastline about the decision the RNLI has taken to withdraw the All-Weather Lifeboat from New Quay. Many visitors were unaware of the implications of this decision and we were very grateful to all 870 people who signed the petition!

The start of the day and already attracting concerned people:

 

Huw appears on stage to address our concerns to the crowd:

 

Simon Thomas, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, gives us his support:

Please sign the petition

 

To: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Save the Only All-Weather Lifeboat in Ceredigion

 

Save the All-Weather Lifeboat at New Quay

Why is this Important?

Please take a moment to sign and share this petition. To give you some background, the RNLI has decided to downgrade New Quay Lifeboat Station to an Inshore Lifeboat when the service life of its Mersey-class All-Weather Lifeboat expires in 2020. The proposed new lifeboat will not be able to launch in conditions exceeding Force 7 in the daytime or Force 6 at night.
This doesn’t just affect New Quay: The All-Weather Lifeboat also covers Cardigan, Aberporth, Tresaith, Llangrannog, Aberaeron, Llanon, and Aberystwyth. After 2020, there will be no All-Weather Lifeboats in the whole of Ceredigion, leaving a gap of 70 miles between the All-Weather stations of Barmouth and Fishguard. What this means is that the nearest All-Weather Lifeboat, even travelling at 25 knots, will take an hour and a quarter to reach some parts of Cardigan Bay.

 

Why is this Important?

 

 

The RNLI has announced plans to strip New Quay of its All-Weather Lifeboat by
2020. This map shows the dangerous gap in sea safety provision that will affect the
whole of the Ceredigion coastline. The Green circles show the maximum distance
of 12.5 nautical miles that the latest generation of All-Weather Lifeboats can travel
at 25 knots in 30 minutes in calm conditions. In a challenging sea, the nearest boats
at Barmouth and Fishguard would take more than an hour and a half to respond
to an emergency off New Quay or Aberaeron.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT IN CHALLENGING THIS
ILL-CONSIDERED PLAN TO STRIP OUR COASTLINE
OF VITAL EMERGENCY COVER.

 

Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign

Save the Only All-Weather Lifeboat in Ceredigion