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RNLI Loveboat

RNLI volunteers in Criccieth help a groom-to-be ask his girlfriend to marry him. Photo: RNLI

RNLI volunteer crew members went above and beyond the call of duty when they helped a groom-to-be propose to his unsuspecting girlfriend.

The crew from Criccieth's RNLI lifeboat station steered the Atlantic 85 boat 'Doris Joan' in front of couple Harry Owen and Beth Evans as they stood on Criccieth pier last night.

They then unveiled a banner on Harry's behalf asking Beth to marry him. Thankfully she said 'yes'.

Harry's idea for the proposal came from Beth's personal connection to Criccieth and the RNLI. He said:

It wasn't easy to organise! Beth has been coming to Criccieth with her family for years, so I knew I wanted to propose here.

Both our mums and her sister helped me and we were going to get a fishing boat to take out the banner, but then her mum suggested the lifeboat.

Beth's family has links to the lifeboat station here - her Aunt donated money for one of the lifeboats - so it seemed perfect.

The crew told us when their exercise night was and were happy to put the banner on the side of the launching trailer. I was all ready for 5.45pm but then I got a call to say they had an inspection, so it would be a bit later.

I had to stall for a bit and keep Beth on the pier for another 45 minutes and when the lifeboat launched there was no banner on the trailer, so I was really worried! But it circled round in front of the pier and the crew unrolled the banner.

I can't thank the crew enough!

– Harry Owen

The proposal came out of the blue for Beth:

I was shocked - we went down to watch the lifeboat crew do their training exercise and they launched, did a circle and then put the banner up.

When I turned round Harry was down on bended knee. It was lovely - I've been visiting Criccieth and the lifeboat station for a long time so it was really sentimental.

I'll never forget it.

– Beth Evans

But the crew couldn't float alongside the happy couple for too long, as they were called away to help recover a surfer's kite.