Trearddur Bay lifeboat station
An inshore lifeboat station was established here in 1967 as part of the RNLI’s response to the growth in coastal leisure and tourism. The station was equipped with a D-class lifeboat.
In 1971 the RNLI awarded bronze medals to helmsman John Burns and crew member Edmund Williams for rescuing two people whose dinghy had capsized near Cod Rocks. A new boathouse was built the same year, and was supplanted by a larger boathouse completed in 1993.
In 1996 the D-class boat was replaced by a larger Atlantic 21 lifeboat, which itself was soon replaced by an Atlantic 75 boat. In 1997 the lifeboat was called out to a hot-air balloon which had been blown out to sea while trying to fly over Snowdon.
In 2001 the RNLI decided to locate a D-class inshore lifeboat at Trearddur Bay alongside the Atlantic 75. In 2004 a new D-class boat arrived at the station, named Flo & Dick Smith and funded by a gift from Mrs FM Smith. A new boathouse for this lifeboat was completed in 2005.
In 2010 the B-class Atlantic 85 lifeboat Hereford Endeavour entered service at the station. On 24 February 2011 it was officially named by HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, in one of their first official engagements together (see photo, above right). Prince William was then stationed at nearby RAF Valley. In October 2012 the station’s new D-class boat was named Clive & Imelda Rowlins. The new boats are pictured bottom right.
In summer 2012 Trearddur Bay was Wales’ busiest lifeboat station, responding to 35 emergency calls in three months.
The lifeboat service in the UK is provided not by government but by the RNLI, a charity which relies on donations from the public. Since it was established in 1824, the RNLI is estimated to have saved c.140,000 lives. It employs some crew members but most, 40,000 in total, are volunteers who leave their work, families or beds whenever their lifeboat is needed.
Postcode: LL65 2UP
FOOTNOTES: More Trearddur Bay rescues