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Filey’s new Coxswain/Mechanic

Lifeboats News Release

Filey RNLI is very pleased to announce that Neil Cammish has been appointed full-time lifeboat Coxswain/ Mechanic.

Filey Lifeboat New Coxswain/Mechanic. Neil Cammish

RNLI/Robbie McKennan

Filey Lifeboat New Coxswain/Mechanic. Neil Cammish

Neil, who is married to Hayley and has two school-age children, is Filey born and bred. He went to sea straight after leaving school: firstly with his father on the family coble fishing out of Filey then becoming skipper of the boat. Latterly, he has worked in the off-shore wind farm industry and is a skilled Coxswain both with conventional and jet-powered boats

Neil joined Filey Lifeboat Crew shortly after the current Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat, Keep Fit Association, arrived on station in 1991 and was appointed Deputy 2nd Coxswain in 2007. He is also a Senior Helmsman on the inshore lifeboat.

He received a signed letter of appreciation from the RNLI Director of Operations for his part in a dramatic service in 2002. In very heavy seas and a full north-westerly gale, the all-weather lifeboat launched, under the command of Coxswain Malcolm Johnson, to assist a yacht just north of Filey Brigg. Malcolm skilfully manoeuvred the lifeboat to allow Neil to jump on board the yacht, but a few minutes later as he was securing a tow line, a huge wave washed Neil overboard. Luckily he had the presence of mind to grab one of the yacht’s lines and managed to haul himself back on board. The letter congratulated Neil on his bravery and resourcefulness on that day.

John Colling, Filey Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “We are delighted that Neil has been appointed to such a prestigious role. He is an excellent crew member who has the confidence and trust of everyone on station. I would also like to thank all our volunteers who have worked so hard over the last year since our previous Coxswain, Barry Robson, retired, to keep both our boats fully operational despite having no full time person able to take the big boat. We all look forward to a new era at Filey Lifeboat Station.”

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.

Neil Cammish on board the yacht

RNLI/John Ward

Neil Cammish on board the yacht
View from Rescue Helicopter of Filey ALB and yacht

RNLI/John Ward

View from Rescue Helicopter of Filey ALB and yacht

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