In June 2017, the RNLI announced its decision to strip New Quay in West wales of its All-weather Lifeboat in 2020, leaving a dangerous 63-mile gap in sea safety provision. GAP MAP INSERTED The green arcs on the map above show maximum distances of 12.5 nautical miles that the latest generation of All-weather Lifeboats can travel in 30 minutes at 25 knots in calm conditions. In moderate seas the nearest All-weather Lifeboats based at Barmouth and Fishguard would take up to 90 minutes to respond to an emergency off New Quay, Aberaeron of Llangrannog. THE DROWNING GAP. The RNLI mission statement is clear: “We aim to ensure our crews can reach at least 90% of all casualties within 10 nautical miles of the coast within 30 minutes of a lifeboat launch – in any weather.” The decision renders that impossible in the sea area off new Quay. NO LIFEBOAT IN A STORM! To be added: Helicopter statement and range map from Chris Seal?. The RNLI plan is to replace the existing Mersey Class All-weather Lifeboat with an Atlantic 85 Inshore Boat. The natural successor to the Mersey is the Shannon. SHANNON/ATLANTIC COMPARISON PIC INSERTED • The Atlantic 85, an excellent boat for inshore use, is restricted to a zone of 10 nautical miles from its station. It cannot tow vessels over 10m in length or attend incidents involving fire. • The Shannon can stay at sea for 10 hours; the Atlantic 85 for just 3 hours. • The Shannon accommodates up to 79 survivors with all-weather protection. The Atlantic 85 can accommodate 20 survivors but with no protection from the elements. • The Shannon can operate in all weather conditions. The Atlantic 85 is restricted. It cannot be launched in conditions worse than force6/7 by day and force 5/6 at night. The RNLI has consistently issued statements extoling the virtues of the Atlantic 85, referring to it as ‘the fastest boat in the RNLI fleet’ never acknowledging its launch restrictions. Without an All-weather Lifeboat along the whole of the coastline of Ceredigion, there will be: NO LIFEBOAT IN A STORM! Between 2007 and 2016, 25% of New Quay’s All-weather Lifeboat services would not have been possible with an Atlantic 85.