Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat team strengthened by a new helm

Lifeboats News Release

Congratulations to Tony Peters on passing out as helm at Rye Harbour RNLI tonight (May 21) under the watchful eye of Allen Head, Area Lifesaving Manager (ALM), who was there to assess his performance: Tony passed with flying colours.

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Tony Peters heading out for his assessment

Tony has been involved with the RNLI for eighteen years. To enable him to be fully trained it has often required the whole team to be involved. For example, if he was wishing to be competent in electronic navigation the lifeboat would need to be launched, involving a crew and shore staff. There are many stages to this training as helmsman which provide a logical sequence preparatory to being passed out. Each stage is checked by an independent assessor to ensure that the crew member can demonstrate his/her knowledge of that particular set of skills. It requires hard work, commitment and determination.

Tony comes from a family with strong connections to the RNLI as his father, Roy, was helm at Brighton RNLI and Tony has many happy memories of being involved at Brighton Marina.

Jai Gudgion, a crew member at Rye Harbour said, ‘Tony has worked very hard to achieve this position. Once a helmsman passes out the real learning begins. He has experience and that comes with a good knowledge base. In the years to come, it will be the continuing to build on that that will give him greater judgement in the many situations he will find himself in. Tony always makes himself available, often sacrificing his own plans for the good of the station or the crew. Selflessness is one of the core values of the RNLI and he certainly demonstrates that trait. He is happy to help new crew members, bringing them along, and is approachable in doing so. Congratulations on a well deserved achievement.’

The journey has been a team effort: he has received support from his LOM(Lifeboat Operations Manager) Tony Edwards, the crew and his family. We wish him every success.

Tony Edwards said, “He will be a great asset to the station and now the ball has started rolling I look forward to others following in his footsteps and being passed out as helm.’

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Tony briefing the crew before they set off

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Tony at the helm with Allen Head his assessor and crew

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Congratulations from Allen Head Tony has passed with flying colours

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Steve Griffin DLA Allen Head ALM and Tony Edwards LOM

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Support team at the launch

Key facts about the RNLI

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, in a normal year, 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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For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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