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Newquay meets New Quay at Cornish RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Newquay RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Gareth Horner, welcomed fellow volunteer Roger Couch, his counterpart from New Quay in West Wales, to the Cornish lifeboat station on Monday (16 May).


The two lifeboat stations are nearly 300-miles apart by road but share proud histories of voluntary service to the RNLI dating back to the 1860's, and this is believed to be the first time in their respective stations' histories that their two stations' managers have met.

As volunteer Lifeboat Operations Managers, Gareth and Roger are responsible for managing all operational activities at their respective RNLI stations, from authorising the launch of the charity's lifeboats in an emergency to handling the day-to-day management of the stations. Sharing very similar names, the two lifeboat stations have often had to redirect routine enquiries and mail to their namesake, so when Roger visited Cornwall for a week's holiday, the two RNLI volunteers took the opportunity to meet up. 
Newquay's Gareth Horner welcomed Roger and his wife to the lifeboat station at Newquay Harbour, where they met other RNLI volunteers and exchanged gifts. Roger presented the Cornish team with a book commemorating 150-years of the Welsh lifeboat station, and Gareth presented a framed photograph of Newquay's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred responding to an emergency call.
A Newquay RNLI volunteer said: 'The RNLI is one big family, and all its volunteers are dedicated to saving lives at sea, no matter where in the country they operate, so it was a great pleasure to welcome Roger and his wife to Newquay from our Welsh RNLI namesake! 



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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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