Rotary Club of Sunderland support Sunderland RNLI

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Sunderland RNLI volunteers with James Jamieson; Lifeboat Operations Manager + Tony Everett; Rotary Club of Sunderland Treasurer.

* Date: 30/03/2013
* Author: Paul Nicholson

 

Lifeboats News Release

Last Sunday morning (Sunday 23 March) Rotary Club of Sunderland presented Sunderland RNLI lifeboat station with a wooden bench to be used by the volunteers while their colleagues are out at sea on either training or rescue mission.

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SAR Spotlight Issue 3 Due to Publish

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Issue Three of SAR Spotlight is due to publish shortly. This free download eMagazine is expected to publish during the next ten days.

This issue looks at RNLI beach-launched all-weather lifeboats and the introduction of the first of some 50 Shannon Class boats. The exciting Shannon Class introduces new levels of safety and comfort for crew and survivors and will deliver on the RNLI ambition to operate all-weather lifeboat classes that are all capable of 25 knots, a 50% increase in speed over earlier boats. This new class will initially be issued to RNLI stations that launch their lifeboats over open beaches in all weathers. The class will also be issued in due course to those stations that operate afloat from harbours and launch down steep slipways from lifeboat stations built into cliffs and piers.

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Seahouses Lifeboat Call – MV Danio Update.

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Grounded Cargo Vessel MV Danio

Further to our news release on 16/03/2013, the MV Danio was finally refloated by a large salvage tug and the Titan Salvage team, at approximately 3am this morning (28/03/2013), after grounding there shortly before 5am on Saturday 16 March 2013.. The vessel is now being taken to Blyth, where its cargo of timber logs may be unloaded, and the vessel fully examined to assess the degree of hull damage. The operation is understood to have been carried out smoothly, without the spillage of any pollution at this environmentally sensitive location.

Seahouses RNLI were not involved in the salvage operation. Volunteer Lifeboat crews spent over 20 hours at sea during the early rescue stage of the operation. A Marine Accident Investigation is being carried out, to determine the cause of this incident.

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SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Returns Critical NASA Science to Earth

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WASHINGTON — A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft successfully completed the company’s second cargo flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday, March 26, with a 12:36 p.m. EDT splashdown in the Pacific Ocean a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico.

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Lone sailor is rescued by Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat

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Date: 25 March 2013

A lone sailor contacted the emergency services in the early hours of 25 March, 38 miles east south east of Ballycotton. The 6.5 metre vessel was on passage from the UK when the yachtsman experienced difficulties and sought assistance. The Ballycotton lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, launched at 3:45am and proceeded to the vessel. Sea conditions in the area at the time were rough, with a F. 4 / 5 easterly wind blowing. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 05:25am and placed two lifeboat crew members aboard the yacht. The lone yachtsman was transferred to the lifeboat where his condition was assessed and the decision made to have him air lifted to hospital. The Waterford based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 117, was launched and rendezvoused with the RNLI lifeboat at 06:50am, approximately 25 miles off Ballycotton. The sailor was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital for treatment. The 6.5 metre yacht continued under its own sail with two volunteer lifeboat crew members on board. The yacht was escorted by the RNLI lifeboat to Ballycotton where it was safely secured alongside the pier wall.

Bláthnaid Lane Walsh
Press Officer
Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat station

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