Lifeboat’s SOS for volunteers

PUBLISHED: 15:07 13 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:38 18 November 2015

Lyme lifeboat's latest  recruit is 21 year old sailing instructor Nikky Williams. Picture RICHARD HOROBIN

Lyme lifeboat's latest recruit is 21 year old sailing instructor Nikky Williams. Picture RICHARD HOROBIN

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New recruits needed to join Lyme Regis RNLI crew

Volunteers at Lyme Regis lifeboat station are on the look-out for new members of the RNLI crew.

Ideal recruits, men and women, should have a good standard of fitness and preferably be aged between 18 and 40, They also need to live and work in Lyme Regis or Uplyme so that they can get to the lifeboat station safely, but promptly, in an emergency.

Many crew members tend to be self employed, but in some cases employers are happy for volunteers to leave work when their pagers sound the alarm. Newcomers would join as shore crew, helping with the general runni.ng of the lifeboat station while being trained and attending courses with a view to ultimately becoming sea-going crew.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said: “We are planning ahead because some of our crew will be retiring. Everyone is a volunteer, of course, and needs to commit to roughly ten to 12 hours a month for training and other events.

“ Commitment is the key to being an RNLI volunteer, and in return for that we can promise a challenging role in a very friendly atmosphere.”

Some 35 volunteers run the Lyme Regis RNLI operation, and they come from all walks of life, carpenters, builders, decorators, landscape gardeners as well as those who help in retirement.

So far this year the Lyme Regis crew have answered 22 calls for help.

Anyone interested in joining the crew should make contact by calling 01297 442230 and leaving a message, by writing to Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station, The Cobb, DT7 3JJ, or by e-mail to Lyme-Regis@rnli.org.uk.


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