Change of post at Weymouth lifeboat station
Malcolm Wright who has been the Lifeboats Operations Manager for Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station for the past 5 years has decided to step down from the roll of LOM.
However not wishing to break all ties with the station he will become a Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) instead.
The duties of the LOM are quite onerous and take up many hours of volunteering each week. The DLA's role within the station is vital work, acting as the liaison role between the RNLI and the Coastguard. There are a number of DLA's who work a rota of a week at a time so leaving more free time than that of the LOM.
Malcolm said; 'It has been a more extensive role than I thought it would be and it has been challenging at times but always rewarding. The main thing I have enjoyed is working with the people at the station and the crew, it always amazes me how much time people are prepared to give up for such a good cause.'
Taking over the hot seat of LOM at Weymouth will be Nicki Ayling, the first woman to hold the post. Nicki has a maritime background of many years at sea including being the First Officer of a super yacht and in fleet management including one of the biggest fleets of super yachts in the world.
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.