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No Lifeboat in a Storm 29/6/18

Thank you to Marc Treanor – Sand Circles for creating this stunning work of art!

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Public meeting Saturday 12th May!

Photos of our attendance at the London Boat Show 2018

 

“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.

 

 

 

 

Press reports from the London Boat Show

The Guardian 10/1/18

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Western Mail 10/1/18

This is the full data report that was sent to the RNLI to challenge their own data report, upon which they made their decision to withdraw ALB cover from Ceredigion

CLC Full Data Refutation Report

We also have a summary of this report so please click on the link below

Data Refutation Summary

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.”