Seahouses RNLI opens recruitment for volunteer lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

Seahouses RNLI is holding two volunteer recruitment days on Saturday 28th July at Seahouses Lifeboat Station and Sunday 29th July at Beadnell Sailing Regatta to provide information and answer questions on what it takes to be part of the lifesaving team.

Seahouses Mersey class lifeboat Grace Darling 12-16. Lifeboat heading towards the camera, two crew at the upper steering position, huge wave breaking over the sea wall behind.

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Seahouses Mersey class lifeboat Grace Darling 12-16

New operational volunteers will help crew and launch the lifeboats, as well as support the lifeboat station shop and other fundraising activities. RNLI volunteers and members of staff will be available to explain the lifesaving operation, the equipment and the opportunities that the lifeboat station can offer.

Ben Mitchell, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, said: ‘Only 10 per cent of our new recruits come with professional maritime experience, our current lifeboat crew is testament to this as we have a retired teacher, a builder, a hairdresser, a mechanic and an IT consultant. The charity is hoping to attract a variety of men and women from different backgrounds to join the crew.

‘The RNLI provides comprehensive training to enable volunteers to save lives by volunteering, people will gain valuable experience, knowledge and skills. And for those who aren’t keen on going to sea, there are other opportunities to get involved with the RNLI in Seahouses. Come and have a chat with us this weekend to find out more.’

New operational RNLI volunteers must be:

  • Aged 17 – 65
  • Living or working in Seahouses, Beadnell or Bamburgh
  • Physically fit
  • Not colour blind

Join us at:

  • Seahouses Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, NE68 7SH, on Saturday 28 July 2018, from 10am to 2pm
  • Beadnell Sailing Regatta, Beadnell Bay, on Sunday 29 July 2018

Notes to editors

Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station

Seahouses lifeboat station was established in 1827 and was taken over by the RNLI from Lord Crewe’s trustees in 1852. The lifeboat station operates an all-weather lifeboat and an inshore lifeboat. The crew has been awarded four awards for gallantry - three Silver and one Bronze.

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