Bert Williams is the new inshore lifeboat helm at Llandudno


May 04, 2021

Serving North Wales Police Officer and RNLI volunteer Bert Williams has become the latest new helm on Llandudno’s inshore lifeboat.

Bert has been assessed on the numerous different challenges of overseeing a D class inshore lifeboat.

The Llandudno inshore lifeboat Dr Barbara Saunderson is regularly tasked to complete numerous rescues around our local shores. She is highly manoeuvrable and usually operates closer to shore than our all-weather lifeboats.

The lifeboat comes into her own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water, and confined locations - often close to cliffs, among rocks and even inside caves. These are often challenging operations, which demand an extremely high level of competence and experience from the volunteer crews involved.

Bert has been a volunteer at Llandudno for seven years, he combines his volunteering with his duties as a North Wales Police Officer. He has served as a crew member on both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats.

Bert said: "I am enormously proud to be part of the volunteer crew at Llandudno. I am also really pleased and proud to have completed my helm training, and now look forward to joining the compliment of other helm crew members at Llandudno Lifeboat Station."

Llandudno Lifeboat Operations Manager Capt. Marcus Elliott explained: "Our crews are prepared to drop everything and risk their lives to save others at a moment's notice. Their lifesaving work is essential, often difficult, and sometimes dangerous."

Graham Heritage, Llandudno Lifeboat Coxswain, added "Bert is a great asset to the team, a thoroughly skilled and reliable crew member on both boats.

"In particular, he has exceptional observational skills which have proved to be essential on a number of search and rescues. I have no doubt he will continue to be a fantastic Helm for many years to come."

Photo credit: RNLI/Nigel Millard