Lyme Regis: Grace is RNLI's first female crew member

PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

A TEENAGER has become the first female volunteer crew member at the RNLI's lifeboat station in Lyme Regis.

A TEENAGER has become the first female volunteer crew member at the RNLI's lifeboat station in Lyme Regis.Grace Wadsworth, 17, officially became a crew member on Monday following her birthday on Sunday.Grace is a pupil at The Woodroffe School, like Richie Durrant who became the RNLI's youngest lifeboat man two weeks ago when he turned 17.She will also have special permission to leave school when the lifeboat is launched - so long as she is not sitting an exam or is in the middle of a lesson. Grace, whose father Tim is also a crew member, said: "I am very pleased to be the first woman crew member and hope I won't be the last. "I would like to be a full sea-going crew member, but I am delighted to be shore crew to start with."The sixth former, who recently passed 13 GCSEs, including three A stars and eight A grades.


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