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Love is ..... a wedding proposal on a lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

‘I looked up to see Mark on bended knee with a diamond ring in his hand’

On the deck of the Tamar lifeboat on blended kneeboarding as Donna Dec ends onto the deck down the stairway.

RNLI/Andy Miles

Crew member Mark Jones proposes to girlfriend Donna Collier

Love is in the air on The Mumbles lifeboat. Crew member Mark Jones was giving his girlfriend Donna Collier a guided tour of the Tamar Class lifeboat just before he went on his weekly exercise. Donna looked up to see Mark on blended knee proposing marriage.

‘Thankfully she said yes’ said Mark. ‘We’ve been together 13 years and I thought it was time we made it official’.

Mark is a lifeguard supervisor at the National Pool in his full time job when he’s not volunteering on the lifeboat’.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Tim Conway said ‘So close to Valentines day its a touching story, I’m not sure if he’s asked but we haven’t checked yet to see if the Coxswain is able to perform wedding ceremonies on the boat.

We never take for granted the commitment from our volunteer crew and the time they spend away from their families so it was great to be able to witness this moment for the lifeboat family at the station’.

RNLI/Andy Miles

The happy couple with their son Leo

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