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Peel RNLI’s long serving mechanic/Coxswain retires

Lifeboats News Release

Following a 32 year career with the RNLI, Paul Cain, Peel RNLI’s full time mechanic / coxswain retired last Thursday, Friday 31 January.

RNLI/Mal Kelly

Paul Cain, left, pictured on Ruby Clery with Paul Boissier, Chief Executive Officer of the RNLI on a recent visit to Peel.

Paul joined the RNLI following a conversation with Paul Jones, who at that time was a helm on the Atlantic 21 inshore lifeboat. He first got involved in 1987, and was fully enrolled as a crew member in 1988.

With further training Paul was appointed full time mechanic / deputy 2nd coxswain in January 1992, when the Mersey all-weather lifeboat was placed on station, and mechanic / 2nd coxswain in 2013.

He received a vellum service certificate in 1994 and his 20 year service certificate in 2008. He received a certificate of dedicated support in 2010 and a certificate for leadership and boat handling following a yacht rescue in 2011 in gale force conditions.

In 2014 Paul was awarded Bronze badge certificate followed by his 30 year service certificate in 2018.

Paul was honoured to be chosen to attend the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla on the Thames as crew aboard the new Tamar class lifeboat in 2012 and attended the Queen’s garden party in 2015.

Paul is staying on as a volunteer at Peel but will also act as relief Coxswain/ mechanic at other stations around the UK.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Allen Corlett said: ‘Paul has done an admiral job for the last 30 years, and the superb condition of the Ruby Clery is testament to his hard work and dedication. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with him.

Whilst I am sorry that he is retiring from his full-time role, I am delighted that we are not losing his knowledge and experience as he will he will continue to support the Peel Lifeboat as a volunteer mechanic and 2nd Coxswain.’


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