Thursday 22 March 2018

RNLI volunteer gets the call and takes the plunge - in wedding suit

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Beaumaris RNLI volunteer Guy Williams was on his way to a friend's wedding when he got the call that a boat was in distress.

Williams and fellow guest Rob Charleton abandoned their wait for a taxi to the wedding and headed instead to the lifeboat station - dressed in their best suits.

The two volunteers got the call at 2.08pm, less than an hour before the ceremony in Bangor. Luckily for them, enough volunteers showed up to perform the rescue but Williams' had to operate the launching vehicle to get the rescue boat in the water.

Donning the RNLI uniform of yellow wellies, hi-vis jacket and lifejacket over his suit, he got his colleagues safely in the water and the two made it to the wedding just in time.

Speaking to Wales Online, Williams said that they "never know when the call will come" but that "whatever we are doing at the time we are ready to respond to anyone in need of help at sea".

"We had one similar last year where some of us nearly missed a crew member’s wedding but I’m not sure anyone has ever operated the launching tractor in the kind of outfit I was wearing before!"

He added “I’d like to wish the newlyweds a very happy marriage from everyone at the lifeboat station".

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