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Help New Brighton RNLI save lives at sea without getting wet

Lifeboats News Release

New Brighton RNLI is issuing its own call for help as it looks for a new volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer to join the station team.

Martin Fish

New Brighton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Charles Dibdin

Anyone taking up the role will help New Brighton RNLI’s crew of volunteers save more lives at sea by bringing its lifesaving work to the attention of the public.

The Lifeboat Press Officer will build relationships with local media, keeping the community informed of operational activity by promoting newsworthy rescues and lifeboat station events.

Ian Thornton, New Brighton RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘Just as the RNLI relies on volunteers to crew its lifeboats, we also rely on a network of volunteers nationally to tell the media and the public about what we do, and there is a direct link between promoting our work and raising the funds needed to maintain our 24/7 search and rescue service.

‘You do not have to have had any formal media or communications experience as such, or to have performed a similar role before, you just need to be enthusiastic and willing to learn. The RNLI’s Media Engagement team will provide all the training and support needed and there will be someone from the RNLI available on the phone 24/7 to provide help and guidance.

‘This a good opportunity to join a motivated and enthusiastic local team and have the satisfaction of contributing to saving lives at sea so if you are interested, or know anyone who might be interested in this role, please don’t hesitate to contact us.’

The volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer role will likely take up between one and five hours a week, depending on operational activity, so can be managed around the right candidate’s own commitments.

Please apply online at www.rnli.org/volroles. For further information about the application process or volunteering with the RNLI contact the RNLI’s Volunteering Team on 01202 663346 or volunteering@rnli.org.uk or for more information on the role or New Brighton RNLI lifeboat station contact RNLI Regional Media Officer Chris Cousens on 07748 265496 or chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

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The attached picture shows New Brighton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Charles Dibdin. Credit Martin Fish.

For more information please contact RNLI Regional Media Officer Chris Cousens on 07748 265496 or chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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