News from the Lookout – Mike Shaw

Tim Hopper

The NCI team at Rhoscolyn work hard to help keep people at sea safe. We don’t like to see any vessels, or people, in distress but when an incident does occur, as one did a few weeks ago, it makes us all realize why we are members of the NCI and why we volunteer to do what we do. Newcomer Trevor Sturrock was keeping a solo watch on Sunday 22nd September, his first as a qualified watch keeper, when at 3.38pm he heard on the VHF radio the land-based Coast Guard rescue team at Rhosneigr reporting a vessel in distress about a mile off the seaward end of Starvation Island. A catamaran had capsized and turned completely over throwing the two crew into the sea. Trevor immediately informed Holyhead Coast Guard that he had the stricken vessel in sight giving its exact position in terms of a bearing and distance from the watch station. He then monitored the situation, giving periodic update reports.

Meanwhile the Trearddur Bay lifeboat reported at 3.48pm that it was launched and was on its way to the scene where it arrived at 3.53 – another amazingly fast response time. Both crew members were recovered from the sea, cold but otherwise unhurt, and taken to Rhosneigr beach to recover. Meanwhile the lifeboat returned to the catamaran, righted it (no easy task) and towed it to the shore, thus bringing to an end NCI Rhoscolyn’s first major ‘red-ink’ incident of 2019. (Red-ink because incidents leading to a rescue in which the NCI takes part are entered in the log in red ink, or underlined in red ink, according the circumstances).

The Coast Guard later phoned Trevor to thank him for the part he had played in the rescue; a thoroughly professional performance – so a big well done to him.

Now a quick reminder that our annual dinner takes place at the White Eagle on Wednesday 6th November. There is a very good-looking set menu with four choices for each course, including vegetarian and vegan options, at a cost of £20 per person for two courses and £25 for three. A warm invitation is extended not only to NCI members but also to their families and friends and, of course, past members of the NCI who will be especially welcome to join us.

And that’s it for another month. My tenure as press officer for the NCI is drawing to a close and we will introduce you to my successor in the December issue of the Rhoscolyn Herald. In the meantime keep warm, stay safe and start planning those Christmas activities!

Ed’s note: very many thanks to Mike for providing us with these monthly reports from the Lookout.

If you would like to find out more about Rhoscolyn NCI, or volunteer as a watchkeeper, contact the Station Manager John Wilson on 01407 740575.If you would like to find out more about Rhoscolyn NCI, or volunteer as a watchkeeper, contact the Station Manager John Wilson on 01407 740575.

From our Assembly Member, Rhun ap Iorwerth (English version in the side bar)

Brechlyn Ffliw: Mae Rhun ap Iorwerth yn annog pobl 65 oed neu drosodd, gofalwyr, merched beichiog a rheiny sydd â rhai afiechydon cronig neu hirdymor i gael y brechlyn ffliw am ddim i amddiffyn eu hunain a rheiny o’u cwmpas.“Rwy’n annog y rhai sydd mewn grwpiau sydd mewn perygl i wneud apwyntiad gyda’u meddyg teulu lleol neu fynd i’w fferyllfa gymunedol a chael y brechlyn ffliw am ddim. Mae’n cymryd munud, yn para blwyddyn a gallai arbed bywyd. ”

Y Swyddfa Bost: Mae Rhun ap Iorwerth, am ysgrifennu at Barclays i fynegi pryderon difrifol ar ôl iddynt gyhoeddi na fyddai cwsmeriaid y banc yn gallu tynnu arian o’u cyfrifon yng nghanghennau Swyddfa’r Post ddim mwy.

“Mae’n siomedig – er ein bod bellach wedi arfer â chael ein siomi gan fanciau’r stryd fawr – fy mod yn gorfod tynnu sylw at benderfyniad diweddar Barclays, sy’n amlwg yn parhau i gau’r drws ar ein cymunedau gwledig.  Mae hyn yn arwydd arall bod Barclays yn anghofio am ei gyfrifoldebau cymdeithasol ehangach i’r holl gymunedau y mae’n eu gwasanaethu. Byddaf yn ysgrifennu at Barclays i fynegi fy mhryderon ynghylch y mater hwn ac yn pwyso arnynt i ailystyried eu penderfyniad.”

Celebrating St Gwenfaen’s Day

The traditional walk to St Gwenfaen’s well to mark St Gwenfaen’s day took place a few weeks early this year – Gerrit Forrester took this picture for us of some of the celebrants at the commemorative service that was held there.

The origin of some words can be different from what we think!

Sneeze: The verb to sneeze is imitative in origin – the sound of the word mimics the sound of the thing it names, as with words like Drip, fizz, beep – and the noise created by a sneeze: atishoo. but the original form of the word was fnese, along with fneosung (“sneezing”), and fnora (“a sneeze”). The change from fnese to sneeze arose through confusion caused by the way the word appeared in medieval manuscripts which employed several different forms of the letter “s”, including a long form which closely resembles the letter “f”!
There are more of these strange words and their origins from a report by Simon Horobin, professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University. We will put some more in next time.