Cracking send off for Lyme lifeboat volunteer

Amazing Grace Wadsworth – who was the UK’s youngest RNLI crew member – gets the omelette treatment

HISTORY-making Lyme Regis lifeboat crew member Grace Wadsworth, 19, was left shell-shocked at the end of her final training session last night (Tuesday).

As she returned to harbour aboard the Pearl of Dorset, her fellow crew members were waiting to give her their traditional ‘egg-cellent’ send-off.

They used a combination of a rope, hose, bag of flour and half a dozen eggs to crown her with a really messy omelette.

It was the crew’s way of marking Grace’s temporary departure to university in Portsmouth, where she will study geology.

Grace joined the volunteers at the Lyme Regis lifeboat station when she was 14 as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

She was Britain’s youngest serving RNLI volunteer and the first female sea-going crew member at the Lyme Regis station.

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Grace, whose father, Tim, is also a crew member, will keep in touch with the Lyme Regis lifeboat during university holidays.

There was an appropriate parting shot for Grace. As the lifeboat returned to harbour the crew spotted a man trapped on the north wall by the high tide and gave him a lift to dry land.

“If we hadn’t picked him up he would been stuck for a couple of hours,” said Grace.