Porthcawl RNLI medal winner invited to preview of new film

Monday, 15 February 2016

By GEM Staff Reporter

in Local People

Retired volunteer helmsman Aileen Jones from Porthcawl lifeboat was among six RNLI crew from across the UK who were invited to the preview screening of The Finest Hour, a new American disaster drama film by Walt Disney Pictures.

Still a volunteer at Porthcawl, Aileen now acts as deputy launch authority at the lifeboat station and was invited following a joint promotion between Disney and the RNLI, ahead of the film’s premiere on February 19.

The film is based on a true story of the Pendleton rescue mission attempt in 1952 by US Coast Guard boats off Cape Cod to an oil tanker split in half. The film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana. Each will be invited to visit the RNLI lifeboat station at Tower Bridge on the Thames.

Aileen received her Bronze Medal for gallantry in 2005 following the successful rescue the year earlier of two local men aboard their fishing boat Gower Pride, from Porthcawl, which ran aground on the notoriously dangerous Nash sand bank when their boat suffered engine failure.

She was the first RNLI female crew member ever to receive an award for gallantry. She has always praised the support of her crew on that rescue.

Disney wanted to capture film and soundbites of the RNLI crew’s reactions to the movie and have arranged a partnership with Classic FM so that the soundbites will be played on air over several days, while the short videos will be played on the Classic FM website.

Following her visit to the cinema at Leicester Square Aileen said: “I enjoyed the film and storyline, the picture and sound effects were really special as we watched it in 3D.

“Of course what made it so interesting was that it was based on a true historical event. During the film the lighthouse at Chatham, Cape Cod was featured and it suddenly struck me that Stephen, my husband, and I had visited the actual lighthouse a few years ago while on holiday and had not realised the significance and history.”

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