Lifeboat hero im­mor­talised

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS turned out to wit­ness the nam­ing of a new in­shore lifeboat after a former coxswain who died at sea while on a res­cue mis­sion.

Pwll­heli RNLI vol­un­teers held a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the lifeboat sta­tion to name their £48,000 D-class lifeboat the Robert J Wright.

Vol­un­teer coxswain and Pwll­heli coun­cil­lor Bob Wright MBE passed away at sea dur­ing a lifeboat res­cue mis­sion in September 2015.

Mr Wright, 66, was on a call-out to aid the crew of a yacht which had run aground when he suf­fered a sus­pected heart at­tack.

After his death, the crew, with the support of the com­mu­nity, helped raise the money for the new ves­sel.

Pwll­heli RNLI crew mem­ber To­mos Moore said of the nam­ing cer­e­mony: “It went re­ally well. It was great to have fine, sunny weather. We’ve had the boat for nearly a month and it has been on a cou­ple of shouts.

“After Bob died, we raised £24,000 in the first month and we were boosted when a lo­cal Pwll­heli lady sup­ported us with a large con­tri­bu­tion.

“All this money has been raised lo­cally. It hasn’t come from the RNLI HQ in Poole or from an­other large pot of money. It’s money raised by lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors and from col­lec­tion jars around the town. This is truly a boat funded by the com­mu­nity.”

Coxswain Clive Moore said: “It’s al­ways great to see a new boat ar­rive – even more the new D-Class, as it means so much to the crew and lo­cal res­i­dents of Pwll­heli. “It’s a rare and ap­pro­pri­ate trib­ute to our former coxswain Robert Wright.It’s great to know Robert J Wright will live on ‘in ser­vice’ for many more years to come.” The hon­our of for­mally nam­ing the D-class lifeboat was given to Pwll­heli res­i­dent Mary Jones, who has spent a life­time sup­port­ing her lo­cal lifeboat sta­tion.

● Pwll­heli RNLI’s new in­shore lifeboat, named after former Coxswain Robert J Wright, left, in ac­tion

● Pwll­heli’s new in­shore lifeboat, the Robert Wright, named after its former coxswain who died in 2015 while out to sea on a res­cue mis­sion, was ded­i­cated at a spe­cial cer­e­mony on Satur­day. RNLI chair­man Alan Jones was among the speak­ers and Band Pwll­heli also per­formed

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