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To: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Save the Only All-Weather Lifeboat in Ceredigion

Save the Only All-Weather Lifeboat in Ceredigion

Save the All-Weather Lifeboat at New Quay

Why is this important?

“This puts lives at risk unnecessarily. As lifeboat crew members, we are happy to give our time voluntarily; all we ask for is the right equipment for the job.” - Volunteer RNLI crewman Huw.

To give you some background, the RNLI has decided to downgrade New Quay Lifeboat Station to an Inshore Lifeboat when the service life of its current All-Weather Lifeboat expires in 2020. The proposed new lifeboat will not be able to launch in bad weather (over force 7 in daylight or force 6 at night) whereas the current lifeboat can launch in any weather.

This doesn't just affect New Quay: The All-Weather Lifeboat also covers Cardigan, Aberporth, Tresaith, Llangrannog, Aberaeron, Llanon, and Aberystwyth. After 2020, there will be no All-Weather Lifeboats in the whole of Ceredigion, leaving a gap of 70 miles between the All-Weather stations of Barmouth and Fishguard. What this means is that the nearest All-Weather Lifeboat, even travelling at 25 knots, will take an hour and a quarter to reach some parts of Cardigan Bay.

We, the undersigned, call on the RNLI to retain the All-Weather Lifeboat capability of New Quay Lifeboat Station.

(Photo credit: Emyr Rhys Williams)

New Quay

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Reasons for signing

  • if The New Quay ALB is removed it leaves a massive gap in ALB cover on a dangerous stretch of coast. There will be many incidents where the weather will prevent an ILB launching. I have worked on projects along that coast and witnessed the power of the sea. Please reconsider the decision and retain the ALB. RNLI Governor
  • The all weather life boat is necessary because the inshore boat will not be able to effect rescue in rough seas of fishing boats which do need assistance in this area of sea. The area covered is too large for the remaining all weather boats to get to anyone in trouble off the Cardigan, NewQuay, Aberaeron coast.
  • I have often sailed up and down this coast. It can be a nasty lee shore and an all-weather life-boat’s présence is reassuring to sailors in any size of vessel.


2019-01-10 11:04:51 +0000

The total number of signatures, including paper petitions, is now over 28,000. Thank you for your support! Please keep signing and sharing and help us get to 30,000.

2018-09-05 17:17:58 +0100

The total number of signatures, including paper petitions, is now well over 26,000

2018-07-18 13:01:00 +0100

The total number of signatures, including paper petitions, is now over 24,000

2018-07-18 12:54:05 +0100

Please watch our No Lifeboat in a Storm video. This short film explains why we need to keep all-weather lifeboat capability in Ceredigion:

2018-02-28 19:49:00 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

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2017-06-23 16:04:29 +0100

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2017-06-23 10:20:19 +0100

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2017-06-23 09:57:27 +0100

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