Gone For Repairs

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BURRY PORT BOAT HAS GONE FOR REPAIRS BUT RESCUE MEN STILL HAVE PLENTY TO DO

Burry Ports Inshore Rescue service lost its inflatable rescue craft at the weekend.

But there is no cause for alarm. The craft will be overhauled and refitted before being returned to the Burry Port lifeboat house for the official opening of the rescue service in March.

The inflatable craft will be taken to Boreham Wood for overhaul.

But in the meantime the six coxswain and 14 crewmen will have a lot to occupy themselves over the winter months.

Some are studying radio telegraphy at the Royal Naval Lifeboat Institute in Swansea and others are studying navigation at Llanelli Technical College.

In the lifeboat House they have rope classes and they will be performing general maintenance.

Coxswains are Messrs. John Rees. Des Williams, Spencer Davies, Andrew Phillips, Buddy Guy and Leonard Cross.

Crewmen are Messrs. Bernard Rees, Nigal Sinclair, John Ford, Brian Davies, Hugh Owen, Leslie Williams, Jeffery Williams, Derek Jones, Marcus Owen, Keith Mitchel, Robert Campbell, Hywel Davies, Lyndon Morgan and John Williams.

Mr Reginald Sinclair has been appointed boathouse attendant.

And the rescue service has been recognised already. The first donation was made by Mr R Church and Fricker Metals Ltd. Rio Tinto Zinc have made over a cheque for £50.

The crewmen staged an exercise on Saturday morning. Because of the high seas a helicopter that was to have taken part returned to its Chivenor, Devon base.

But the inflatable craft defied the adverse conditions and made the most from the thrashing seas in Carmarthen Bay.

The crew also practiced changing a propeller at sea and practiced beach landings.

The boathouse will be officially opened on March 9th next year and dedicated by the vicar of Burry Port.

The ceremony coincides with the 150th year of the institute.

But the rescue service is not new to Burry Port. The boathouse on Burry Port Harbour was first opened in 1887.

Anyone who can help piece together the history of the towns sea rescue service of old or can provide photographs, for copying, of the old Burry Port and Pembrey lifeboats are asked to contact Mr Herbert Phillips.