Cullercoats RNLI Crew Member qualifies as helm

Lifeboats News Release

Congratulations to Cullercoats crew member, Curtis Dunn, who this afternoon passed out as a helm on the station's Atlantic 85.

Curtis Dunn, new helm

RNLI/Anna Heslop

Curtis Dunn

Curtis, who has been helping down at the lifeboat station in Cullercoats since he was 12, received his lifeboat pager on his 17th birthday. Since then, he has been involved in a number of rescues, including saving the lives of teenagers when he was still just a teenager himself. In 2016, he began training as a helm, which included attending training courses at the RNLI College in Poole. Curtis is the second crew member to pass out as helm for Cullercoats this year. In July, Adam Wiseman also joined the team of helms after his final assessment.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Frank Taylor, said 'I am so pleased for Curtis; he has worked long and hard to achieve this goal and I'm sure he will continue to do great work for Cullercoats.'

Congratulations Curtis from all at Cullercoats. We are thrilled to have you as our newest helm!

Written By Anna Heslop, Cullercoats Lifeboat Crew and Press Officer, anna_heslop@rnli.org.uk

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