Crew sitting in a rowing lifeboat
Crew sitting in a rowing lifeboat

The new lifeboat stationed at Moelfre has several innovations onboard, including plugs to the relieving tubes (which allow water to drain from the lifeboat when she takes on a big wave). Crucially, these can be ‘withdrawn instantly by the crew without removing from their seats’. There are self-acting plugs in existence, but they aren’t nearly so watertight as the manual version. This way, the leak-free option can be installed with minimal interruption to the crew rowing to the rescue.