Lifeboat mechanic moves on
Weymouth RNLI lifeboat full time mechanic Phil Hansford is moving on to another post within the RNLI after almost twenty years at Weymouth as a volunteer crew and then full time mechanic.
Phil joined the lifeboat crew as a volunteer in 1999 when he was working at boat builders Caddys on Commercial Rd. He continued to serve as a volunteer when he moved onto the range boats as a mechanic.
He took over as the full time RNLI mechanic on Weymouth lifeboat in 2011.
Phil's new job will be as a RNLI staff mechanic working on all the classes of lifeboat that the RNLI has and will be working at any station in the country that needs his skills. Phil who takes up his new post on the 18th Feb 2019 said; 'I have enjoyed my time at Weymouth where I have felt part of the family that is Weymouth lifeboat station but I am looking forward to the new challenges that are to come, I will still live in Weymouth so will still stay in contact with the station and volunteer crews.'
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.