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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