#1 Martin Jones MBE


 Full Time Coxswain
– Mechanic
– National Flood Response Team

Martin is the full-time coxswain and ALB mechanic and can be found at the Boathouse on most days! He is the only member of the crew who is paid by the RNLI as a Rhyl crewmember though like everyone else he puts in hours of his own time every week. Puts his energy to good use trying to keep everyone else on the straight and narrow. A bit of a cheeky chappy, you can’t help but like him! Martin was awarded the MBE by HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in March 2017.

Occupation: Full-time RNLI Coxswain and Mechanic.

#2 Paul Archer Jones



– Deputy 2nd Coxswain
– Emergency Mechanic
– National Flood Response Team

Like many of the crew, Paul has grown up with the RNLI, as his father was on the crew for many years. As well as a well experienced lifeboatman, Paul is a technical whizz – he could talk to you for hours about how the radar works so be warned! He puts this to good use as an RNLI technician, travelling around the area repairing and maintaining lifeboats and associated kit.

Occupation: RNLI Technician.

#3 Paul Frost MBE

Frosty– Deputy 2nd Coxswain
–  2nd Mechanic
-Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) and Lifeboat Administration Officer

‘Frosty’ is yet another crewmember to come from a family of RNLI supporters. He is RNLI through to his bones and a fountain of knowledge about all things RNLI! In 2011 he was awarded the MBE for services to the RNLI by HM the Queen.

Paul is a deputy coxswain and 2nd mechanic. His pride and joy is the station landrover which he lovingly cares for.

Paul is also the station Press Officer and Administration officer

Occupation: Retired telecoms engineer.

#4 Jimmy Quinn

JimmyQuinn– 3rd Mechanic
– ALB Crew

Jimmy is known throughout the RNLI, and is a regular visitor at many other stations where he undertakes ‘relief mechanic’ work when they have absent crew. However, his home station is Rhyl, and from time to time he returns to us before visiting our RNLI cousins at other stations near and far.

Occupation: Driver

#5 Colin Clews



 – Head Launchman

As ‘Head Launchman’ Colin oversees the launch and recovery processes of the All Weather Lifeboat. This ensures that launch and recovery, which are inherently dangerous procedures, are undertaken efficiently. Colin stepped down from his role on the ALB as a crewman in 2015.

Occupation: GP Out of Hours Driver

#6 Derek Denton

DerekDenton– 1st Tractor Driver
– ALB Crew
-Lifeboat Education and Visits Officer (LEVO)

Derek (or Dimmo) as most people know him, joined the crew in 1989 after being a beach lifeguard for many years. Derek was a crew member on the ILB for many years and is currently our main tractor driver on the large Talus tractor which is used to launch the All Weather Lifeboat. In this role Derek also helps train any new tractor drivers.

Dimmo is still a crew member onboard the All Weather Lifeboat and continues to go out on exercises and services when other tractor drivers are available to launch the boat.

Derek also has the role of Education and Visits Officer at Rhyl, often showing large groups of school children and other groups around the station and boats as well as giving sea safety advice, last year Derek showed approximately 1500 around the Station (although not all at the same time).

Occupation: Door Supervisor

#7 Darrel Graham

j-nm-r217-293-darrell-graham– Emergency Mechanic
– ILB Helmsman
– National Flood Response Team

Darrell joined the crew in 1994 after seeing the boat being called out. As one of the helmsman on the stations inshore lifeboat Darrell is in charge of the boat during launching, at sea and when she is being recovered and made ready for the next rescue. The helm is responsible for the safety of the crew on board and for everything that happens during a rescue. Darrell sometimes stands in for Coxswain/Mechanic Martin Jones as an emergency Mechanic on the All Weather Lifeboat. In 2009, Darrell joined the RNLI’s National Flood Rescue Team and soon after(the next day) was part of the team that was deployed to Cockermouth in Cumbria.

Occupation: Sky Engineer

#8 Mark Budd


– ALB Crew

Occupation: Assistant harbour Master at Rhyl harbour

#9 Andy Wilde

j-nm-r217-131-andrew-wilde-small– Deputy 2nd Coxswain
– ILB Helmsman

Andrew joined the crew in 1998 after talking about the lifeboat with a local swimming club family friend Paul Frost. Andrew worked his way through from being a crew member on the All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats, to a Helmsman on the Inshore Lifeboat and Navigator on the All Weather Boat, and in 2011 became a Deputy Second Coxswain at the Station, standing in for Coxswain Martin Jones when he is unavailable. When on duty as a Coxswain Andrew is in charge of the all-weather lifeboat and is in command when at sea. He is responsible for all the operations connected with launching the lifeboat, ensuring the safety of all the lifeboat crew onboard. It is the coxswain’s duty to do all he can to safeguard and rescue those in danger. At the end of a rescue, the coxswain ensures that the lifeboat is ready for service and that the equipment is all in order.

Occupation: Marine Safety Consultant to the offshore wind industry

#10 Reeve Turner


– ALB Crew
– ILB Crew

Definitely a colourful character, usually with a broad grin on his face, and usually busy winding up other crew members! Equipped with a strong pair of hands when needed.

Occupation: Facilities Manager

#11 Callum Robinson

j-nm-r217-291-callum-robinson2small– ILB Helmsman
– ALB Navigator & Crew
– National Flood Response Team
-Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (DLPO)

Callums dad was on the crew since before he was born, and he’s grown up on the station. He started helping out cleaning the boats and station when he was about 11, and couldn’t wait for his 17th birthday to be allowed to join the crew. Callum is also Deputy Press Officer on station.

#12 Vinny Jones



 Emergency Mechanic
– ALB Navigator
– ILB Helmsman

Vinny first came to the station on an open day in 1995 when he was just 14 years old. He realised then that it was something he wanted to be a part of and started coming down regularly helping to clean, polish and maintain the boats. This continued for the next 2 ½ years until Vinny became 17 and was old enough to officially join the crew. Vinny is now one of the Helmsman in charge of the Inshore Lifeboat, and a crew member, navigator and emergency mechanic on the All Weather Lifeboat.

Occupation: Police Officer

#13. The Rhyl crew do not use position 13.

#14 Colin Jones

ColinJones– ALB Navigator
– ILB Helmsman
-Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (DLPO)

General all-round nice guy, Colin is one of the first to get to the Boathouse for a shout, working just across the road, and living not much further away. Spectacularly failed on one of his first exercises as an ILB helmsman by launching into a gulley, which we remind him about from time to time, though of course he insists it was the tractor drivers fault! Colin is also deputy Press Officer for the station.

Occupation: Company Director and Website Developer

#15 Damian Cavanagh

j-nm-r217-131-damian-cavanaghsmall– ALB Crew
– ILB Crew

Damian joined the crew in 2007 after working with one of the stations crew members and becoming interested. Damian is one of the true characters on the station always making the rest of the crew laugh. He is currently a crew member on both the Inshore & All Weather Lifeboats. In this role, Damian like the rest of the crew must be competent in many different tasks on both of the boats. From casualty recovery by clipping on to the All Weather boat and hanging over the side, to setting up a tow on both of the boats.

Occupation: Aircraft Fitter at Airbus.

#16 Kevin Lawrence

KevinLawrence– ALB Crew

An incomer from the South of England, but we don’t hold it against him.

Kevin was working at a crew members house and got talking about the lifeboat station, after this Kevin came down to the station to have a look around and joined in 2008. He is currently a Crew Member on the All Weather Lifeboat, all crew members have a huge amount of training in various tasks that they carry out on the station, including recovering the 14 ton All Weather Lifeboat back on the beach and onto the carriage. This involves a large amount of team work, because of this the Rhyl crew can recover the boat and make it ready to re-launch in under 12 minutes. Kevin also drives the marinised county tractor for launching the Inshore Lifeboat and pulling the recovery trailer that is used to carry the kit for recovering the All Weather Lifeboat.

Occupation: Working for Her Majesty’s prison service.

#17 Jamie Edwards



– ALB Crew
– ILB Crew

Following in his father’s footsteps as a crew-member, Jamie has helped out in the Boathouse before becoming old enough to join the crew. A great crew member to have aboard on a rough service as he’s always prepared and a good ILB boat-handler. Currently working in the offshore wind farm industry.

Occupation: Off shore wind farm industry crewman

#18 Chris Stockport


j-nm-r217-292-chris-stockportwarmsmall– ALB Navigator
– ILB Helmsman
-Lifeboat Medical Advisor (LMA)

Being the station Medical Advisor, Chris takes a lead in all things health related and makes sure the Rhyl team is at the peak of RNLI First Aid ability. Like most of the ALB navigators, he has a love-hate relationship with the antiquated navigation equipment on the ALB.

Occupation: GP

#19 Bob Baines

BobBaines– Assistant Tractor Driver
– ALB Crew

‘A reight gud sooart fre Yorkshire’, Bob has settled in North Wales and has been on the crew for several years now. Like all good Yorkshire folk, he’s not afraid of hard work and can often be seen with his sleeves rolled up, getting his hands dirty.

Occupation: Public Health Practitioner

#20 Tara Elliot

TaraElliott– ALB Crew

Tara joined the crew in 2009 and is one of our two (along with her mum Tina) lady crew members. Tara is a crew member on the All Weather Lifeboat. Tara like all lifeboat crews, is fully trained in all aspects of the lifeboats operations, from deck work to casualty care, including administering pain relieving gas (Entonox) and using multiple types of stretchers.

Occupation: Customer service advisor and presently training to become a midwife.

#21 Chris Williams

ChrisWilliams– ILB Crew
– ALB Crew

Chris is one of our newest crew members, joining at the end of 2012 after spending a lot of time at the Rhyl Yacht Club. Chris is currently working his way through his competence based training on both the Inshore Lifeboat and All-Weather Lifeboat.

Occupation: Self employed

#22 Dave Clark

j-nm-r217-291-dave-clarke-warm – ALB crew

Dave is presently our maintenance crewman for the ILB.

Occupation: Maintenance with local Council services

#23 Dougie Lonsdale

j-nm-r217-267-dougie-lonsdale2– ALB Crew
– ILB Crew

Dougie joined in 2013 on both the All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats. Dougie is presently training to be an ILB helmsman in future years.

Occupation: Labourer

#24 Kevin Taggart


– ALB Crew
– ILB Crew

Was previously a Rhyl crew member until moving from the area. Now he’s moved back to Rhyl and rejoined the crew – the good ones come back! Currently working through his competency based training to refresh his prior knowledge.

Occupation: Meat Inspector

#25. Ben Hirst


– ALB Crew
– ILB Crew

Ben (known as Ding-Dong —– Big Ben ?) is currently working through his competencies and has become a full crew member in 2017. He was third in  Britain’s Strongest Man competition. Ben is a very handy person to have on the crew when lifting work is required!

Occupation: Building trade

#26 Mathew Baines


– ALB Crew (probationer)
– ILB Crew (probationer)

Mathew is the son of Bob (see above) and started coming down with his father at every opportunity . Currently working through his competencies to becoming a full crew member some time in 2017. Mathew has passed his Royal Life Saving Society beach lifeguarding competencies, and will be employed as a RNLI lifeguard on Rhyl or Prestatyn beach, when he is able to free himself from tiring university life .

Occupation:  Student and RNLI Lifeguard.

#27 Cameron Rushton

– ALB Crew (probationer)
– ILB Crew (probationer)

Waiting info. Enrolled January 2018

#28 Charlie Williams

– AWB (Probationer)
– ILB (Probationer)

Charlie has joined the crew in January 2018 after spending a few summers as an RNLI Lifeguard. He is currently working his way through the many units of the RNLI’s Competency Based Training, this can take up to a year to complete. At the end of his training Charlie, like all RNLI crew members will be able to safely undertake all ranges of tasks from anchoring the all weather lifeboat to administering emergency care to injured people.

Occupation: Swimming Teacher & RNLI Lifeguard.

Why I joined the crew :
‘Having volunteered in a water related environment for over 6 years I wanted a new challenge. Having been a RNLI Beach Lifeguard I felt like being part of the Lifeboat Crew could keep all my training up to date and also give me more experience through working with the RNLI. The crew are great and have all welcomed me on board and everyone gets along like a family’

#29 Harry Mascall

– Honorary ALB Crew
– Honorary ILB Crew

We are absolutely delighted to have Harry as an honorary member of our crew. Harry accepted our invitation and joined our crew officially on 7th June 2015, after visiting the station on a number of occasions to support us.

Harry is on a mission to visit every RNLI station, raising money for the RNLI on his travels and so the crew are really pleased to be able to help him achieve this, knowing that we are one of his favourite stations (if not the favourite)!

You can follow him on Twitter at @HarryMascall1
and you can donate to his mission at http://www.justgiving.com/harrymascall

Occupation: Champion RNLI Fundraiser and Schoolboy

#30 Alex Cross

– AWB (Probationer)
– ILB (Probationer)

Waiting Info. Enrolled January 2018

#31 Evan Edwards

– Shore Crew (probationer)

Position at Station: Probationary Shore Crew and Trainee Tractor Driver since Jan 2018

Evan is one of our newest crew members, he is currently working his way through training to become one of our tractor drivers, and in turn will train on the brand new SLARS rig used to launch our new Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboat when it arrives in 2019. Tractor drivers at Rhyl are an important role, they drive the 20 ton Talus tractor. This is the tractor that is used to pull the 14 ton All Weather Lifeboat down the beach to launch and recover it. Evan will also be a driver for the Marinised County Tractor & Station Land Rover which are both used for launching the Inshore Lifeboat.

Why I Joined the Crew:
‘The reason I joined Rhyl RNLI is due to having a great affiliation to the sea having been brought up in Swansea. At sixteen I joined the armed forces, after serving 25 years. I found my way back to the shore line. I wanted to continue to serve the community and decided the RNLI was the way forward. Since then life at the boathouse has been excellent, with the crew young and old making you feel welcome and the appreciation from the locals is over whelming. What is on the horizon for Rhyl, I feel, is going to be an exciting few years and a great time to have joined the crew’.

Retired Ex-crew
Gordon Williams, EX – TRACTOR DRIVERJ-NM-R217-131-Gordon Williams

Gordon is one of the station characters, having served with the RNLI since the 1970’s. Well known to voice his opinion on a wide range of topics, whether you want it or not!

Rhyl Coast team 2014

Rhyl Coast team 2014


Crew photo 6th January 2008 – Left to Right:
Peter Robinson, Martin Jones, Paul Archer-Jones, Paul Frost, Jimmy Quinn, Jeff Dyson, Colin Clews, Darrel Graham, Reeve Turner, Gordon Williams, Marc Newman-Carty, Darrel Crowther, Callum Robinson, Vinny Jones, Derek Denton, Simon Rooney, Mark Budd, Mike Leitch-Devlin, Leigh Clayton, Colin Jones, Damian Cavanagh, Cameron Treadwell and Rick Jones-Abass.
Missing from photo were Andy Wilde, Kevin Taggart, Jess Myatt and Jamie Edwards.
Photo Copyright Tony Mottram Photography, 2008

Crew Photo 28/01/2001.

Crew Photo 28/01/2001.