Following their father’s footsteps at Margate lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The sons of two serving members of Margate’s RNLI lifeboat crew have followed in their father’s footsteps by joining the crew and becoming the youngest members of the volunteer team of lifesavers at the station.

The RNLI has a long tradition of family involvement and Oliver Titcombe and Grant Welch recently signed up on their seventeenth birthday, the youngest age at which they can enrol. They are now starting an intensive training programme to eventually become full seagoing members of both the inshore and all-weather lifeboat crew at Margate. Oliver is in the sixth form at Ursuline College Westgate-on-Sea and Grant is studying at East Kent College.


 Peter Barker, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: “Our last similar occasion was Connor Edwards following his own father onto the crew some years ago so as well as their own studies for future life Oliver and Grant are now learning new skills and experiencing the satisfaction of engaging in volunteer work in the local community.”


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