Wells RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member is crowned Carnival Queen
Nineteen-year-old volunteer lifeboat crew member Angel Eaglen is this year’s Carnival Queen and is representing Wells in the town's nine-day festivities.
So at any time Angel can drop everything, throw off her carnival sash and glam outfit, dash to the boathouse and don her protective weather-proof suit, lifejacket and sea wellies if there is an emergency at sea.
As a volunteer for Wells RNLI Angel is accustomed to a scramble to go to sea and save lives as soon as her pager goes off.
Angel said: 'I can be dressed up all glamorous and in full makeup and the next minute, I’m in my lifeboat gear and out on a shout or having to help scrub the boat down after a launch.'
The sea is in Angel’s blood. Her grandfather, Phil, is the lifeboat tractor driver and uncle Darren is also on the crew. In September she is off to join the Merchant Navy as an Engineer Officer Cadet at Warsash Maritime Academy, having taken a diploma in engineering at the College of West Anglia. Angel also looks after the lifeboat station’s Facebook page.
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