“Father and son, Huw and Steffan Williams, travelled 250 miles with the Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign to visit the London Boat Show to make a symbolic half-dressed barefoot protest to the RNLI after the news last year that their station at New Quay will be downgraded, losing vital all-weather lifeboat coverage to the whole of the West Wales coastline.
Left to Right Tim Richards, Huw Williams and Steffan Williams (9) ans Ken Singer of Ceredigion Lifeboat campaign moments before they were stopped by show security from walking to the RNLI stand at the London Boat Show.
Left toRight Huw Williams barefoot and wearing one boot with Tim Richards also of the Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign being stopped by security from protesting as they neared the RNLI stand at the London Boat Show.
The Guardian 10/1/18
Western Mail 10/1/18
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The RNLI has a clear mission statement:
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
Year introduced to the RNLI fleet: Year introduced to the RNLI fleet:
Launch type: Launch type:
Carriage, afloat or slipway Carriage, davit or floating boathouse
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
13.6m 8.44 m
Beam / width: Beam / width:
Draught / depth: Draught / depth:
Displacement / weight: Displacement / weight:
18 tonnes (maximum) 1.8 tonnes
Fuel capacity: Fuel capacity:
2,740 litres 210 litres
2 x 13-litre Scania D13 650hp engines 2 x Yamaha 4-stroke engines at 115hp each
with propulsion from twin Hamilton
Steering positions: Steering positions:
2 – an elevated upper steering position for 1
360º views and one inside the wheelhouse
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
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.”
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: