Haulage company drives to the aid of Angle RNLI
A West Wales haulage company is helping to save lives at sea by sponsoring the cost of fuel for Angle RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and the Land Rover crew transport.
Dryslwyn Haulage Ltd, of Carmarthenshire, is a family company, with Eifion Jones as general manager and his wife Eleri as director. On Saturday (February 11), Eifion sealed the company’s generous help when he visited Angle lifeboat station with his daughters, Catrin and Sioned.
They were welcomed by Lifeboat Operations Manager Julian Hammond, Coxswain Lewis Creese and crew members, and toured the station, which houses the £2.7m Tamar Class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason and the £41,000 D-class inshore lifeboat SuperG II.
Fuel is one of the RNLI’s biggest costs and the charity is extremely grateful to the company for its support. Lifeboat Operations Manager Julian Hammond said: “We really appreciate Dryslwyn Haulage’s very generous contribution to our fuel costs for the inshore lifeboat and Land Rover crew transport.
“The Angle station is now almost self-sufficient, as far as fuel is concerned, as Valero’s Pembroke refinery generously supplies free diesel for our all-weather lifeboat.”
Eifion is a staunch supporter of the RNLI and was well briefed on Angle by one of his drivers, Lenny Howells, former assistant mechanic at the lifeboat station.
Dryslwyn Haulage operates a fleet of six vehicles and nine trailers, delivering for the Aldi superstore chain throughout the area.
Eifion said he was proud to be supporting Angle RNLI, whose brave volunteers have been saving lives at sea since the station was established in 1868.
“My love of the sea, and particularly the RNLI, was first sparked off when I was a child in the 1960s regularly visiting New Quay and making friends with the lifeboat crew members there,” he said.
Note to editors
RNLI media contacts: For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, Angle RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01437 763675 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager, on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.