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RNLB St Cybi civil service No9

RNLB St Cybi civil service No9

RNLB St Cybi civil service No9, • Built 1950, J Samuel White & Co, Cowes, Isle of Wight, seen at Lifeboat Chatham Late 90s

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On 2nd December 1966 the St Cybi rescued five of the crew of a Greek motor vessel 'Nafsiporos' which was in distress four hundred yards wast of the West Mouse Rock in a north-westerly hurricane with a very rough sea. For this service Lieutenant Commander H H Harvey VRD RNR, Inspector of lifeboats for the North West Area, was awarded the Gold Medal, and coxswain Thomas Alcock and Motor Mechanic E S Jones were awarded the Silver Medal. Bronze Medals were awarded as follows:

Second Coxswain W J Jones
Acting Bowman F Ward
Acting Assistant Mechanic J Sharpe
Crew Member J Hughes
Crew Member D Drinkwater
Crew Member B Steward
Awards for this service were also made to the Moelfre Lifeboat.
 

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How good to see this photo. I spent my summer hols in Cemaes, North Anglesey in my teens and had the privelage of the wheel of the St Cybi from Cemaes to Holyhead on her return from the annual regatta day. The coxn then was Will Jones, also a Holyhead pilot.
 

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I remember that night well, it was being reported on the television and it was all exciting to a six year old. However, not so exciting for my Father who was with the Coastguard "apparatus" team at the time of the Nafsiporos and he and a few others spent a cold windy night on the headland overlooking the vessel, the Coastguards got nothing. RNLI engineer E.S. Jones was my fiancee's Father and crew member J Hughes was my best friends Father and they thought that was a bit unfair.
 

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Nice picture, I have an ex Lifeboat at Chatham, Helen Blake, would you by any chance have a photoghraph of her.
Regards............................WLH
 

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