Lifeboat’s SOS to fill key roles
PUBLISHED: 07:02 17 February 2015
Lyme RNLI team appeal for two new recruits to act as Deputy Launching Authorities
Lyme Regis lifeboat has issued an urgent appeal for two volunteers to fill key roles.
The task of Deputy Launching Authority – DLA – involves joining the management team and taking responsibility for launching the lifeboat in an emergency. Ideally, the new recruits should live and work within eight minutes’ travelling time of the lifeboat station.
Lifeboat operations manager Grahame Forshaw said: “The DLA is a crucial role, and he or she essentially deputises for me, authorising the launching of the lifeboat in consultation with the coastguards.
“It’s challenging and rewarding voluntary work and currently involves four days on 24-hour call once or twice a month. A DLA should also be sufficiently IT literate to deal with the RNLI management system.”
DLAs attend at least one crew training session a month, usually on a Tuesday evening or Sunday morning, and also go to management and operational meetings. New members attend a week-long residential training course at the RNLI college in Poole.
Mr Forshaw added: “Maritime experience is not essential, but would help, and the DLA also needs to assist with management of the lifeboat station administration and the crew.”
Anyone interested in the DLA role should contact Adrian Ragbourne at email@example.com or call him on 07713 023670.
Lyme Regis Rotarians have presented £200 to the RNLI to say ‘thanks’ for their help during the hugely successful Lyme Lunge on New Year’s Day. The crew provided safety cover for the event in which 320 revellers took to the chilly sea, raising £4,500 for Help for Heroes.
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