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Love in the ‘sea’ air for RNLI couple

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Danielle Rush
Public Relations Manager at St Asaph.

Start quoteBeing in the same boat as Will, it soon became apparent how well we worked together as a team. We definitely shared the same sense of humour and our friendship began to blossom.End quote

Lifeboats News Release

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  • Author: Danielle Rush

This Valentine’s Day, Barmouth born Will Stockford and wife Sian will be reflecting on the day they met - thanks to the RNLI.

It was their love of the sea which brought them together and eight years on, the happily married couple will be heading off to London for a romantic Valentine’s break to toast the day fate brought them together on an RNLI training course.

When Barmouth RNLI volunteer Will signed up for the RNLI’s D-class introductory course in August 2005, little did he realise what a life-changing experience it would be.

It was on this course at the RNLI Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset that he was to meet his future wife Sian.  Sian Hubbard, an RNLI volunteer a little further down the coast at Borth found herself in the same training lifeboat as Will.

Sian says:

‘There were 18 of us on the course with three crew in each lifeboat. Being in the same boat as Will, it soon became apparent how well we worked together as a team.  We definitely shared the same sense of humour and our friendship began to blossom.’

Fate definitely intervened in bringing the sea-loving couple together. Will took a last minute place on the course after another volunteer dropped out at the very last minute due to work commitments.

Sian says:

‘It was definitely meant to be, it has become a running joke that we fell in love in the Sea Survival Pool, which I’m sure doesn’t happen to many. I realised we had a connection, so at the end of the course I got everyone’s contact details, just so I could get Wills! A week later I got in touch and between the August and December our friendship blossomed and then we married in the following year.’

Sian and her mother Anna were the only mother and daughter serving as crew on Borth RNLI lifeboat at the time.   Will’s father and grandfather were both former members serving on Barmouth lifeboats, so they both have a deep rooted love of the RNLI as well as for each other. 

The couple now live in Tywyn where Sian is a vet with the Tywyn practice and Will is senior helm of the Aberdovey inshore RNLI lifeboat.

The couple have since produced two fine future crew members: Arthur and Eric Stockford, six and three.

Sian jokes:

‘Will still attend training courses at the college and it’s become somewhat of a joke that he’s off to Poole to find a new wife!’

Notes to Editors

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For more information please contact Danielle Rush on 01745 585162 or 07786 668829. Alternatively, please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

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