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RNLI Salcombe announce new Lifeboat Operations Manager

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Salcombe are pleased to announce that Mark Dowie has taken on the volunteer role of Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) with effect from today.

Simon Evans passing on duties to Mark Dowie with Coxswain Chris Winzar and Mechanic Sam Viles in attendance

RNLI/David Dancox

Hand Over of LOM Duties

Mark has taken over from Simon Evans in this voluntary and vital role. He will be responsible for the station, boats, crew and operations and will work closely with Chris Winzar, the lifeboat coxswain.

Mark is a former naval officer and banker and for several years co-owned and managed the Yeoward & Dowie boatyard and Devon Marine Fuels businesses in Salcombe and Dartmouth. He is a keen sailor and has significant maritime and management experience to draw on. Looking forward, Mark has already shown a desire to ensure the Salcombe Lifeboats 150th anniversary in 2019 does not go unnoticed.

Simon Evans comes to the end of a very successful period as Lifeboat Operations Manager and leaves the station in good heart having made a very significant contribution over the last four years. Simon played a major role in organising the 2016 Centenary Commemorations of the Salcombe Lifeboat Disaster a tragic event that took place in October 1916. Simon will remain on the team as Deputy Launching Authority (DLA).

2017 has been a very busy year thus far for the volunteer crews of the Salcombe Lifeboats launching to 59 emergencies, several of which have been lifesaving and high profile. The crew also featured recently in the BBC’s documentary “Saving Lives at Sea”.

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