Coastal review team visits Lyme Regis RNLI

PUBLISHED: 16:02 21 March 2017

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence visits Lyme lifeboat shop and meets volunteer manager, Krys Lavery. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence visits Lyme lifeboat shop and meets volunteer manager, Krys Lavery. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

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Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and his team discuss the running of the lifeboat station with local officials

Top RNLI officials yesterday (Monday, March 20) met volunteers who run the Lyme Regis lifeboat station as part of the charity’s coastal review.

A delegation led by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence spent two hours discussing the running of the lifeboat station and hearing the views of management, crew members and fund-raisers as well as their hopes for the future.

Sir Tim, who is chairman of the RNLI’s operations committee, explained that he and his colleagues visit four sections of the organisation each year during the coastal review.

He said a key focus was the gap between Exmouth and Weymouth, and that the charity’s target of community lifesaving had two strands - to make sure all volunteers were closely linked with the lifeboat and crew, and education and prevention to make the coast even safer.

Sir Tim said the RNLI saved 350 lives annually, but between 150 and 180 died around the coast each year.

After discussing ideas for improvements to the Lyme Regis station and its equipment, Sir Tim praised the fundraisers – the local RNLI Guild and the lifeboat shop team – as ‘star performers’.

Nick Marks, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ”The coastal review was a great opportunity for us to explain how we work as a part of the community and with the coastguards and lifeguards and to make our recommendations for improvements to our operation.

“The delegation now take our comments back to headquarters in Poole for thorough consideration.”

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