Long standing RNLI crew member retires from going to sea.

Lifeboats News Release

Retiring Llandudno volunteer crew member Sue Davies receives the Official Royal National Lifeboat Institution Framed Certificate of Service expressing the thanks of the Trustees of the RNLI. The certificate was presented by Captain Marcus Elliot the Lifeboat Operations Manager.

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Sue Davies receives Certificate of Service

Sue started her volunteering in Trearddur Bay when she lived on Anglesey in 2005, "They were fantastic in introducing me to the sea and the RNLI as I had no experience whatsoever”. After 3 years, Sue moved to a new house in Llandudno so made the transfer to the Lifeboat where she was quickly made a part of her new RNLI family. Sue became a helm on the inshore lifeboat a few years later, indeed, the first female helm at Llandudno.

Sue remembers her strangest shout being the rescue of a little dog who had fallen off the Orme but was miraculously unscathed. Sue also fondly remembered, “The best period that I had was when I lived next door to the old lifeboat station and so was the first to arrive at every shout no matter what time”.

Sue explains, “Sadly it's now time that I leave as a crew member, as being the mum of two active little boys and with a busy job as Assistant Head at St David's College, it is impossible to offer the level of commitment that I know is required to serve on the boats”.

Sue has always been happy to make visits to lots of schools and clubs to educate young people of the dangers of the sea and the work of the RNLI and will continue with the education side of things when school groups are visiting the station. “Being a teacher, this is something that comes naturally to me and allows me to still be a part of the RNLI family that has been so important to me over the last 14 years”.

RNLI Media Contacts:

Contact Danielle Rush on 07786668829 or at danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or alternatively Jonathon Coe, Lifeboat Press Officer at Llandudno Lifeboat Station at jonathon_coe@rnli.org.uk

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