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To: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
Save the Only All-Weather Lifeboat in Ceredigion
Save the All-Weather Lifeboat at New Quay
Why is this important?
Please take a moment to sign and share this petition. 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 Mersey-class All-Weather Lifeboat expires in 2020. The proposed new lifeboat will not be able to launch in conditions exceeding Force 7 in the daytime or Force 6 at night and would only be able to save about 20 people - whereas an upgraded version could save up to 79 people with the current one saving around 43.
It also would be unable to tow boats larger than 10 metres or travel more than 10 miles from the station.
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.