Saving Lives at Sea: Rydal Penrhos IT Manager Appears in BBC’s RNLI Documentary
November 2, 2023

A Rydal Penrhos staff member starred as BBC documentary ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ visited Llandudno Lifeboat Station.

At Rydal Penrhos, we are not only proud of our dedicated teaching staff but also our incredible support team. One member of the team – our IT Manager, Mr Gareth Robinson – recently made waves on the BBC 2 show ‘Saving Lives at Sea‘.

Mr Robinson has been an integral part of our school community for many years, contributing to the excellent IT facilities and tech support that have become an essential part of the day-to-day operation of our school. Away from Rydal Penrhos, Mr Robinson is also a volunteer for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Rydal Penrhos is a long-time supporter of the RNLI, a charitable organization that operates across the UK and Ireland, with a primary mission to save lives at sea. Their dedicated volunteers, like Mr Robinson, risk their lives to rescue those in peril on the water, whether they are stranded on a sinking boat, caught in a rip current, or facing other maritime emergencies.

Last week, on Thursday 26 October, Mr Robinson’s brave efforts for the charity were on full display as he and his peers at the Llandudno Lifeboat Station appeared on ‘Saving Lives at Sea’. The episode portrayed a nerve-wracking rescue mission in which the Llandudno team raced to save a father-and-son kayaking duo whose kayak had capsized near Penrhyn Bay’s Little Orme.

The crew’s response was nothing short of extraordinary, as they successfully rescued the pair from the cold and treacherous waters. Mr Robinson and his fellow volunteers ensured the kayakers stayed warm, avoided hypothermia, made it back to the shore and avoided the disaster that might otherwise have ensued.

The episode also featured a visit to Rydal Penrhos, where Mr Robinson and others from the RNLI were demonstrating various preventive measures, including educating pupils about the risks of open water and how to stay safe. Many of our pupils had the opportunity to see life-saving equipment up close and ask Mr Robinson about his experiences as a lifeboat volunteer.

We encourage everyone to watch the episode to witness the incredible work that the RNLI do in keeping people safe. We are proud to have Mr Robinson as a member of our community and would like to thank him and his fellow lifeboat volunteers. Each demonstrates immense selflessness, bravery, and compassion; qualities that we look to inspire in all our children and young people at Rydal Penrhos.