An emergency VHF radio call on the opening day of Weston RNLI Lifeboat Week shows what the money raised is used for.

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Saturday was the first day of Weston-super-Mare Lifeboat week. An eight day celebration of our lifeboats and their crews combined with a flurry of fund raising activities. Just as the fundraisers and crew where relaxing after a hectic day a PAN PAN Call was received by Swansea coastguard who immediately paged the volunteer crew.

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A rise in reports of weever fish stings on Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion beaches

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Weaver fish has three poison spines on its back behind the head. The sting is not usually fatal but can be extremely painful unless treated rapidly. In some cases the sting can cause a very bad reaction, proving fatal where this reaction combines with an existing medical condition.

Date: 28/07/2011

Author: Eleri Davies, Lifeguard Press Officer

RNLI lifeguards in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion have seen a rise of reports of weever fish sting incidences recently as thousands of people flock to the Welsh beaches to enjoy the summer sunshine. Three people were stung by weevers in Tenby yesterday, and a man had a very bad reaction to the weever’s venom on Newgale beach yesterday afternoon.

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Southwold RNLI lifeboat rescues yacht

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Southwold RNLI Lifeboat towing “Bolduster” into harbour (Credit RNLI/Carl Slaymaker)

Date: 28/07/2011

Author: Keith Meldrum, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Southwold RNLI relief lifeboat towed a stricken yacht to safety on Thursday 28 July. The RNLI relief lifeboat, Duckhams 2001, had been on station only two days before responding to its first shout, with new crew member Joe Barnes on board, also for his first shout.

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MOBILARM WELCOMES CHANGES TO ITU MARINE SAFETY DEVICE IDENTITY RECOMMENDATION

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Perth, Western Australia: Global marine safety equipment provider, Mobilarm Limited has welcomed the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) decision to amend its Recommendation ITU-R M.585, concerning identities of AIS-SART, EPIRB-AIS and man overboard (MOB) devices, at a meeting in Geneva on 23rd June 2011. The amendments address the regulatory issues of allocating MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) numbers to MOB devices, which has impacted the adoption of sophisticated new personal safety devices.

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Porthcawl lifeboat launched to Mayday

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Date: 27/12/2011

Author: Ian Stroud, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Swansea coastguard received a Mayday call from a 26foot fishing vessel taking in water off Nash Sands in the Bristol Channel. Porthcawl’s RNLI Atlantic 85 ‘Rose of the Shires’ was launched at 08.38 to assist the 4 persons on board the vessel which was in immediate danger of sinking following engine failure which had blown a hole through the hull.

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Courtmacsherry RNLI rescue divers off wreck of Lusitania

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Date: 26/07/2011

Author: Vincent O’Donovan, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 3.45 pm this afternoon (Tuesday 26 July 2011) to go to the aid of divers whose boat had got into difficulties 10 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. The divers were operating on the wreck of the Lusitania when their boat developed mechanical problems.

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Weston-super-Mare RNLI Lifeboat Week is almost upon us

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Atlantic 75 class Lifeboat named Coventry and Warwickshire

D-Class Lifeboat named Anna Stock

This year Weston RNLI Lifeboat station and its fundraisers are holding more than a full week of celebrations to raise funds and promote the work of the volunteers on our Weston station. The events are taking place from Saturday 30th July until Thursday 11th August.

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