We’ve had the honour of working with the RNLI for a number of years now. One of our latest projects was sending a ‘crew’ of our own to complete some essential maintenance works on the lifeboat station in nearby Tenby.
One of Pembrokeshire’s most famous and picturesque tourist destinations isn’t a bad place to spend a few working days, even at this time of year. As views from the office go, a scaffold above the pristine sands and swirling surf is pretty hard to beat.
As a company, we’re very proud to play our part in keeping this important landmark in good repair so that the lifeboat crew can get on with the business of saving lives at sea.
The building our team were working on was opened in 2005, so it’s a relatively modern structure. However, the town of Tenby has a long life-saving heritage – the original lifeboat station was built in 1852 by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society before being handed over to the RNLI.
This new slipway station has become a tourist attraction in itself and the station has its own viewing gallery where you can watch launches and learn more about the charity. Housed in the vast interior is the Haydn Miller, a 16m Tamar class all-weather lifeboat, capable of 25 knots and carrying a crew of seven rescuers. Despite a patchy year for tourism, at the time of writing, the Haydn Miller has already conducted 47 rescues in 2020.
Working on structures like this and with organisations like the RNLI, gives us a real insight into the difficult and selfless job the dedicated crews and lifeguards do year in, year out. We’re happy that we’re able to play a small role in keeping their working environment up to par.
If you’re ever in Pembrokeshire, it’s worth heading down to Tenby lifeboat station to watch a launch, learn more about this vital rescue service and spare a few pennies for a good cause (oh, and don’t forget to admire the excellent building maintenance while you’re there).