Longhope RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew welcome new Community Lifesaving Director

Lifeboats News Release

Longhope RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew today welcomed John Payne, the new RNLI Community Lifesaving Director to the lifeboat station. Members of the crew and Lifeboat Guild gathered and listened as John, a qualified Master Mariner, told of his experience and vision for the development of his role.

RNLI/Andy Fellows

L-R - Alexander Sinclair, John Payne, Kevin Kirkpatrick (Longhope Coxswain), Dupre Strutt

John shared his thoughts on the latest challenges for the RNLI and the support and training available for volunteer crews. He highlighted the importance to new volunteers of spending time with experienced mariners, in addition to the RNLI’s extensive competency based training.

There was a lively and good natured discussion and John listened to contributions and feedback from the crew and guild.

John also took the opportunity to pay his respects at the Lifeboat Memorial in Osmondwall Cemetery and visit the Longhope Lifeboat Museum where the 50th anniversary of the Longhope Lifeboat disaster was recently commemorated.

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