Lifeboat team needs recruits to help with launch duties in Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 09:05 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:15 16 November 2016

Lyme lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks

Lyme lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks


RNLI chiefs have sent out an SOS – for two more volunteers to help run the lifeboat station in Lyme Regis.

The vacancies are for deputy launching authorities – DLAs – who are members of the management team of the station and who authorise the launch of the lifeboat when an emergency call comes in.

Lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks is looking for male or female volunteers who live within 10 minutes of the harbour.

He said: “Ideally, we need people with some maritime experience with an understanding of tides and coastal issues.

“But there’s plenty of training, including a week-long course at RNLI headquarters in Poole.”

DLAs provide cover four days at a time on a rota. When a request to launch the lifeboat is received by a DLA, he, or she, is then in charge at the station.

Nick Marks added: “There’s a good team spirit at the station and plenty of social events.

“Obviously, we are all volunteers, so instead of being paid, we get a free pager for alerts and a free pair of yellow wellies!”

DLAs are regarded as members of the crew and are expected to attend training sessions, which are held twice a month.

Anyone interested in joining the crew as a DLA should contact the station on or call 01297 442230 and leave a message or call Nick Marks on 07568 187582.

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