Rod Pace, Moelfre Lifeboat Man Who Worked with Demi Moore
Rod Pace, in common with the majority of lifeboat crew, has spent his time
with the Moelfre RNLI Lifeboat as a volunteer.
On call at a moment's notice and
frequently leaving his family home to face unknown situations and treacherous
waters, he joined Moelfre RNLI Lifeboat in 1978 as a crewman.
In the late
1990's he was promoted to second Coxswain and continued in that role until he
had to retire as sea-going staff at 55.
Rob Pace then took over the role as Lifeboat
Operations Manager, a position which he has held for the past 3 years.
Sea-going is clearly part of his psyche and for as long as he can remember it
has played a large part in his life.
Born and bred in Liverpool, Rod Pace had a
strong association with Liverpool Sailing Club as a youngster.
rescue in 1963 was when the RNLI inshore scheme was in operation, whereby
private boat owners utilised their craft on rescues.
As a boat owner, he was
called to rescue some people off a sand bank in the River Mersey and was paid
by the RNLI for his efforts.
Two years later he became a cadet on HMS Conway
and went away to sea in 1967, working for the Blue Funnel Line as a midshipman.
He moved to Anglesey in 1972 and in 1978 joined Moelfre RNLI Lifeboat whilst
spending several months of the year working for the off-shore industry in the
North Sea, employed by Shell Tankers.
He has since worked for different companies all around the world.
When he watches the crew launch from the slipway on a "shout", he admits to
"longing to be out there" with the rest of the crew and feels somewhat
cheated out of a few years extra service.
He had no option but to retire at
55, although now current lifeboat regulations decree that crew are allowed to
continue until 60 based on a satisfactory medical.
When asked about the driving force behind putting himself into potentially
dangerous situations and leaving the security of his family home, he talks
about the pleasure he has always derived from sailing as a pastime and his
belief that he is "giving something back".
This combined with the
tremendous satisfaction in bringing casualties to safety and seeing them
reunited with their families gives him the adrenalin surge needed when the
"bleep" goes off.
In recognition of his efforts, Rod has been awarded 3 framed Letters of Thanks
and a Vellum award from the RNLI.
On one occasion both himself and crew
member David Massey sustained broken limbs whilst rescuing two people and
saving the catamaran
Alleycat, which was lying inside the surf line and in danger of being driven
onto rocks at Traeth Bychan in 1995.
His Vellum award was in recognition of his outstanding courage and subsequent
excellent seamanship in getting aboard the disabled yacht Annarchy in storm
force conditions in June 2002.
In spite of violent seas and working in the
pitch-dark, Rod, on the Coxswain's 6th attempt to manoeuvre the lifeboat
close enough to the stricken vessel, jumped across onto the yacht, secured a
tow line, brought the yacht under control and back to safety in Moelfre. Five
crew members onboard the Annarchy were saved.
His paid employment is for Sea Training based in Port Dinorwic and as a result
of that work his recent "claim to fame" was working along-side Demi Moore on
the film Half Light.
Rod Pace spent 6 weeks on Llanddwyn Island accompanying
Demi whilst shooting the various boat scenes contained in the film and
providing safety backup whilst she was filmed.
Although not appearing in "the flesh" his name features in the credits as "boat driver"!
Rod Pace is one of a sizeable lifeboat crew at Moelfre whose expertise has proved
invaluable in life-saving and rescue operations in the sometimes treacherous
and well used waters surrounding Anglesey.
Future editions will feature the
work of other crew members who, like Rod Pace, all have their own unique role to play in the
operation of Moelfre RNLI Lifeboat's busy station.
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