First call out for new Helm at Fleetwood RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Both lifeboats from Fleetwood RNLI were launched on Monday 19 December following a request by UK Coastguard. This followed calls asking for assistance, after two fishing vessels broke down on the River Wyre near Stanah.

Angela sat in the Fleetwood inshore lifeboat


New and first female Helm Angela Sanderson

The first female Helm at Fleetwood, Angela Sanderson, took the inshore lifeboat, Mary Elizabeth Barnes and other volunteer lifeboat crew members to the first boat and towed it back to port. This was Angela’s first call out as Helm.

Kenneth James Pierpoint, the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, towed the other fishing boat back to Jubilee Quay.

Both vessels were met at the quayside by Fleetwood Coastguard.

Fleetwood RNLI Coxswain Gary Randles said: ‘It was a good call out for Angie to start her role as Helm. With the extensive training the volunteers receive, as expected, the whole operation went very smoothly for both lifeboats.'

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For more information please contact Ken Harcombe, Fleetwood RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, on 07970 197195 / , Alison Levett, RNLI Public Relations Manager, North, on 07786 668912/ Or, Clare Hopps, RNLI Public Relations Officer North, on 07824 518641/

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