Abersoch RNLI provides a 24 hour lifesaving service for Abersoch and the surrounding coast, the service is invaluable to anyone that ventures out on the water. The purely voluntary crew have been keeping the Cardigan Bay coastline safe for over 140 years and relies heavily on fund raising.
Our new lifeboat "Peter and Ann Setten" is an Atlantic 85 rigid inflatable - 8.44m in length and was provided by the RNLI from bequest from Mrs Ann Constance Setten, from Shropshire, who was an RNLI supporter during her lifetime. The Atlantic 85 design allows room for four crew members and more kit than the Atlantic 75 lifeboat. She is powered by two 115hp engines and has a stronger hull and greater top speed. The added radar allows the crew to operate more effectively in poor visibility and she also has VHF direction-finding equipment. A manually operated self-righting mechanism combined with two 115hp 4-stroke inversion-proofed engines keep her operational even after capsize. She is also capable of being beached in an emergency without sustaining damage to engines or steering gear. The Atlantic 85 carries a full suite of communication and electronic navigation aids, including VHF radio, VHF direction finding, intercom, DGPS and electronic chart, radar and hand-held VHF, as well as a searchlight, night-vision equipment and illuminating paraflares for night-time operations.
Our previous lifeboat was an Atlantic 75 rigid inflatable - 7.3 m in length and was provided by the RNLI from a bequest by the late Margaret Bench of Solihull in the West Midlands and follows the tradition of generosity that has been shown by the people of Solihull and Wolverhampton - who raised money to provide the 2 previous lifeboats at Abersoch.
Since Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1869 it's dedicated generations of volunteer crew members have launched their inshore lifeboat over 934 times, rescued 828 people and saved over 244 lives.
In short, over the years they've rescued almost the equivalent number of people to the population of Abersoch itself.
After closing between 1931 and 1965, the station has completed an aggregate of over 108 years of service, saving lives at sea.
Over the years two prestigious Silver medals have been awarded to the volunteer crew of Abersoch for their courage and seamanship displayed while saving those in danger. Plus three "Framed Letter of Thanks" and "Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum" four times.