Jobs for the crew
You help RNLI volunteers from all walks of life become trained lifesavers. This set of striking images by Photographer Nigel Millard is the first of a series celebrating volunteer crew and their varied day jobs.
On top of saving lives at sea, Portrush volunteer Crew Member David Shields is a shop owner. He had a greengrocer’s and has now opened the Indigo Café with his fiancée Aileen.
Valentia Lifeboat Station volunteer Cornelia Lyne works as a neuromuscular physical and sports massage therapist. She joined the crew in 2013 and her professional first aid skills gave her a head start on the RNLI casualty care training.
Farmer Conn O’Shea has been on the crew at Valentia for 28 years, and second coxswain since 2009. There have been ‘countless times’ he’s been paged while working, swapping his farmer’s boots for the RNLI yellow ones: ‘Once I was in the middle of doing a caesarean section with the vet ... The shout and the animals all turned out fine.’
Vinny Pedley works as a warehouse operations director when he’s not launching to the rescue from Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station. Vinny’s served for 10 years on the crew, joining after watching lifeboats being launched on the Fylde coast.
You're our lifesaver
Behind every rescuer, there's a family of volunteers and supporters who help them launch to the rescue and bring them home. Will you be one of them?