Rhyl Station Branch officials
Chairman: Dave Simmons
In 1969 Dave was a member of the Junior Fundraisers organisation, when they came to the station to have a fundraising meeting. During the meeting the Lifeboat was called out, after seeing that there was a shortage of shore crewmembers, Dave asked if he could help recovering the Lifeboat, which the Operations Manager at the time gladly accepted. Dave joined the station the same year and eventually became a crew member on both the Inshore and All Weather boats. Dave left the crew in 1993 due to work commitments but always kept a keen interest in events at the station. From 2012 to 2017 Dave was a Rhyl Town & Denbighsire County Councillor. Due to his interest in the station he was asked to become the stations Vice Chairman in 2012 as the Chairman at the time, Eric Davies BEM was unable to undertake his duties due to illness. When Eric sadly passed away Dave became chairman of Rhyl Lifeboat Station. In this role he represents the station at events and chairs the Rhyl Lifeboat Station Management Committee which oversees all aspects of how the station is run, he also attends other organising committees including the Operations Committee.
Vice Chairman: Currently vacant
Lifeboat Operations Manager: Darrel Crowther
Darrel joined the crew in 1996 as a crew member on both the Inshore Lifeboat and the All Weather Lifeboat. After retiring off the Inshore boat due to age restrictions Darrel continued as a crew member and navigator on the All Weather boat.
In 2008 Darrel decided to step down as sea going crew member to take over Lifeboat Operations Manger from Ray Coltman who was retiring. As Lifeboat Operations Manager Darrel oversees all aspects of running the station. The LOM is also the stations main liaison with HM Coastguard. In an emergency the Coastguard decide what search and rescue asset is best suited to perform the task needed, if they decide that they want one of Rhyl’s Lifeboat’s to launch they have to call the LOM and ask his permission the set the crews pagers off and launch the boat. Using his local knowledge the LOM can recommend other actions to be taken. For instance our co-ordinating Coastguard is in Holyhead and their weather can be quiet different to Rhyl, if they request that the Inshore boat should be launched, the LOM could recommend the All Weather Lifeboat launching instead due to the local weather conditions.
Darrel also attends many events and meetings representing the station and the crew.
Why You Joined & What it’s Like on the Crew: “My dad taught me to sail when I was 11 yrs old & I decided it was time to give something back to the pastime that had given me so much pleasure; What’s it like: One big happy family that gives support when it’s needed”.
Treasurer: William Newton
Bill is the treasurer for the Rhyl lifeboat station, and ensures all accounts are up-to-date and balanced, and is the Institution’s representative on financial matters. He has been in post since 1985, making sure all the station’s bills and invoices are paid.
Deputy Launching Authorities:
Peter was an experienced sport and commercial diver and joined the crew in 1989 as a crew member
on both the Inshore Lifeboat & the All Weather Lifeboat.
In 1994 Peter became 2nd Coxswain, after both Coxswain Bruce Herbert BEM & 2nd
Coxswain Donny Archer-Jones retired around the same time. Peter was made Coxswain of the station
in 1996.A s Coxswain Peter was in charge of the all-weather lifeboat and was in command when at sea.
He was responsible for all the operations connected with launching the lifeboat, ensuring the safety of all
the lifeboat crew on board. During this time Rhyl was the busiest Lifeboat Station in Wales for a number
of years, and in for one of these years was the busiest coastal Station in the whole of the UK and Republic
Serving in this position for 14 years until 2010 when he reached the mandatory retirement age for sea going
crew, with Martin Jones taking over the role. Peter then spent three years as shore crew and helping to train
crew members. In 2013 the RNLI raised the retirement age for sea going crew members allowing Peter to
return to sea as an All Weather Lifeboat Crew Member. After again reaching the retirement age for sea going
crew Peter took up the role of Deputy Launching Authority. As a DLA Peter helps Darrel Crowther the
station’s Operations Manager with authorising the launch of the stations boats when requested by the
Occupation: Plumbing & Heating Engineer
Most Memorable Service:
Rhyl Lifeboat was tasked along with Llandudno Lifeboat and RAF Search and Rescue Helicopter Rescue 122
to search for a father and son who had failed to return to Llandudno after a day fishing. Its was only the fourth
time John Brodie and his son Charles had been out in their 14 ft cabin cruiser. After a long search John was
recovered by Rhyl Lifeboat, he had been in the water for over 19 hours, using inflated waders to stay afloat.
John told the Rhyl crew that a freak wave had capsized his boat and that his son Charles had left him and tried
to swim to shore for help 6 hours afterwards. John was then winched aboard Rescue 122 and was taken to
hospital. The two lifeboats continued the search for his son. After the Coastguard deemed that there was no
longer any hope of finding Charles alive the search was called off. Sadly Charles body was found two weeks later.
Lifeboat Administration Officer &Lifeboat Press Officer: Paul Frost MBE (see crew page)
Deputy Press Officer: Colin Jones (see crew page)
Deputy Press Officer Callum Robinson (see crew page)
Lifeboats Education and visits Officer: Derek Denton (see crew page)
Lifeboat Medical Advisor: Dr. Chris Stockport (see crew page)
Community Safety Officer: Brian Allen
Brian has recently been appointed the Rhyl RNLI Community Safety Officer, in this role Brian works
closely with the station and crew in spreading safety messages in the community to help reduce the numbers
of people getting into trouble around the water’.
Rhyl Lifeboat Fundraisers:
President: Jean Frost, MBE (Souvenir Shop Manageress)
Since 1967 Jean has been fundraising for the RNLI, she is now the President of the Rhyl Lifeboat Fundraisers
and is the volunteer manageress of the Lifeboat Station Shop, organising rota’s for opening hours and checking
stock. Over the years Jean has raised thousands of pounds for the RNLI allowing the crews at Rhyl to continue
providing the rescue service. Like many Lifeboat Stations volunteering runs in the family,and Jean’s son Paul
has been a crew member since 1968. In 2007 Jean was awarded an MBE from Prince Charles
at Buckingham Palace.
Vice-President: Ann Jones,A.M. (Member of Welsh Assembly)
Vice-Chairman: Roy Price (Collecting Boxes Rhuddlan & District)
Secretary: Beryl Dean
Treasurer: Peter Dean
Membership Secretary: Ceri Batterbee
Marshall Morris (volunteer presenter)
Ted Watson (Collecting Boxes Abergele & Towyn) (volunteer Presenter)
Steve Gregory (Collecting boxes Rhyl)
Ex- Officio members
Shannon Appeal co-opted members
Cllr Peter Prendergast
Cllr Keith Jones
The Lifeboat fundraisers look after the souvenir shop in the boathouse, during Sundays in the winter (weather permitting), and every day 1000-1700 during the months of July to September. At other times, souvenirs and Christmas cards can be obtained by either contacting the chairman, Peter Dean, or the souvenirs secretary. Mrs. Frost, via , 01745 334210.or the boathouse shop on 01745 350956.