Porthcawl revealed as busiest Welsh RNLI crew as charity launches ‘Mayday’ appeal

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

– Local People

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The latest RNLI rescue figures for 2018 reveal the busiest station in Wales was Porthcawl, with 112 launches.

The volunteer crew also rescued more people than any other station across Wales – 144 people in total. Eight lives were saved by Porthcawl lifeboats, thanks to the crew coming to their aid.

Although last summer’s weather was exceptionally good, this was not the main reason for the large number of launches as statistics showed there was no particular peak of ‘shouts’ during that period. The crews were busy throughout the year, responding to requests to launch all times of day and night and in a wide variety of weather and sea conditions.

The Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthcawl, Phil Missen MBE, said: “Our volunteer crew answered the call to launch our lifeboats throughout the year and it was a huge commitment by them and their families.

“However, the main thing for us was that of the eight lives we saved, the tragedy that befalls families and friends at the loss of one of their loved ones was avoided. We also assisted 144 people that were in danger before their situation became much more serious.”

On May 1, the RNLI will be launching its Mayday campaign – calling on people to ‘do their bit, fund our kit’ with the charity hoping to raise £700,000 to fund the kit volunteer crews rely on.

There are all sorts of ways to raise money for Mayday – from wearing wellies to work or doing a sponsored welly walk, to holding a bake sale or doing a sponsored cycle ride. Teachers and community groups are invited to ‘go yellow’ for Mayday – by either wearing something yellow or lighting up an iconic building. Anyone can register for a free fundraising pack by visiting RNLI.org/Mayday.

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