Saturday Dec 02, 2023

107. A Rare Breed: Dic Evans

RNLI Gold Medals don’t come along very often. Nor do men like Dic Evans, who earned two of them. Travel back to 1966 and angry Anglesey seas

In this archive recording, RNLI lifeboat volunteers recall the dramatic rescue of the crew who were on board the Greek cargo ship Nafsiporos during a violent storm on 2 December 1966. One of the lifesavers was the late Moelfre Coxswain Richard ‘Dic’ Evans, who received a Gold Medal for Gallantry for the rescue – the highest accolade awarded by the RNLI.

Also braving the hurricane conditions that day were the late Lieutenant Commander Harold Harvey (RNLI Inspector for Lifeboats for the North-West) and Moelfre crew member Captain J D Jeavons, who recalls an order to break out the rum to ‘preserve body and soul’ after the arduous rescue.

Read more about what happened on the night of the Nafsiporos rescue.

200 Voices is produced by Adventurous Audio for the RNLI   

Soundtrack composed and performed by Jon Nicholls   

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