SUNRISE RESCUE FOR LIFEBOAT AS PENARTH COUNCIL PONDERS DONATION

A lifeboat crew member washes his/her boots over the wide on the return trip to the lifeboat station this morning

A lifeboat crew member washes the glutinous mud of the Bristol Channel sea bed off a pair of yellow wellies in the sea  on the return trip to the lifeboat station at sunrise this morning

Penarth Lifeboat’s all-volunteer crew members were roused from their beds before dawn this morning to go the aid of a yacht which is understood to have run aground on the low tide.

It was the little D-Class inshore lifeboat Connie Daines – reputed to be Britain’s busiest lifeboat –  which was launched to  go the aid of the yacht “Storm King“which is understood to have gone aground .The yacht was refloated and taken to the Penarth Barrage locks where she was safely berthed without further incident .

Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Mills with Jason Dunlop of Penarth RNLI at the appeal launch in July

Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Mills with Operations Manager Jason Dunlop at the appeal launch in July to raise £52,000 to build and equip  a replacement lifeboat

Penarth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Connie Daines has  been called out so many times in the last six years that in July the local Olympic Gold Medal sailor Hannah Mills launched a £52,000 appeal  for a replacement boat .

Last night Penarth Town Council’s policy and finance committee  heard that the council had received a submission from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution or a financial donation towards this  appeal and – regardless of whatever decision the council might make – the institution extended an invitation to councillors to visit the lifeboat station and meet the crews.

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) declared an interest and left the meeting

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)  said the Lifeboat station was a “matter of pride for most Penarthians” . Cllr Thomas said “we should at least show our encouragement to them” and proposed that the council make a donation of £200 – but admitted that such a sum would “not make a big dent” in their costs for a replacement lifeboat. However the proposed donation would be “a gesture towards them – showing our support”.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) seconded the proposal. He said he was amazed at the number of call-outs which were responded to by Penarth lifeboat and suggested that in the case of Sully Island ( where people are regularly marooned) more preventative measures should be taken in the form of better public information.

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) at Tuesday's Community Meeting

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) – said he would like to endorse what Cllr Williams had said . Every launch cost money  he said – and, noting Cllr Williams’s point about public information, noted the recent tragedy at Camber Sands and the way “undertow currents work”. He thoroughly endorsed the proposed £200 donation.

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell)

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell)

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) however had a different proposal. “We know lifeboats are extremely expensive” – he said “and the people that man them do it out of their kindness”.

He proposed offering “ an event”  be held in association with the RNLI to assist the institution to raise money itself – possibly in the Paget Rooms, on a day the venue was not already booked.

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) with the RNLI’s Jason Dunlop

The Mayor Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) who is chair of the policy and finance committee, said he had already attended the appeal launch-event at the lifeboat station which had involved local Olympic gold medallist Hannah Mills.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) suggested a concert be held to raise money in the Paget Rooms  at which the RNLI “could raise quite significant amounts of money – particularly if they have a good attraction”. and suggested it be organised through the Mayor’s “good offices”.

The Mayor said he would consider it in the “crowded programme that I’ve got”.

However the Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings then revealed that he had already had discussions with Penarth Lifeboat about such an event – details of which would be announced at the next meeting.

 

 

 

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7 Responses to SUNRISE RESCUE FOR LIFEBOAT AS PENARTH COUNCIL PONDERS DONATION

  1. Christopher David says:

    The RNLI is undoubtedly a worthy cause and the volunteers are very worthy people. The good people of Penarth support the RNLI. Indeed its extremely well supported nationally. Please see figures from their accounts below. I’m not sure councillors should be giving tax payers money to any charity. Charitable giving (fiscal) is a personal thing and not the business of a twin council. The RNLI certainly doesn’t need £200. Well that’s my musings, what do the good people of Penarth think?

    These figures are in MILLIONS.

    You will see the pension find increased by £11.1 million in one year.

    Net assets excluding pension liability 724.8
    Defined benefit pension liability 10 (29.9) 2014 2013 (18.8)
    Net assets including pension liability £694.9 MILLIONS in 2014. Net assets in 2013 = 661.7
    The Chief Executive takes over £140,000 in salary so costs c £170,000 + PA. Not sure that’s very charitable!

    • Ann Other says:

      You are surely right that it is not the role of a public body to award funds accrued through taxation to a charity because, since large numbers of tax payers would not have the same priorities as, say, Penarth Council, their money is being misapplied.

  2. Big Davey says:

    Agreed, RNLI is loaded and they have endowments that mean they won’t have to raise funds EVER to pay for all of their infrastructure.

    I think there are needy organisations in Penarth that could really do with the money and especially public money.

  3. AK says:

    It costs £140M a year to run the lifeboat service, so the reserves would not last too long if people did not continue to support them.

    • Christopher David says:

      See Emma’s post (I suspect you have) Two sides to every argument. How much is the RNLI “syphoning” off in huge directors salaries – massive marketing campaigns et al. Charity is big business now and suspect. Point remains councillors have no business giving tax payers money to any charity.

  4. Paul says:

    ‘which was launched to go the aid of the yacht “Storm King“which is understood to have gone aground’
    Certainly caused a storm this morning, don’t they have navigation an satellite aids on these yachts. And someone who knows how to use them….

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