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Lifeboat mechanic moves on

Lifeboats News Release

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 at the mechanic station of ALB Ernest and Mabel

RNLI/Ken Francis

Phil Hansford

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.'

Phil in the engine room of ALB Ernest and Mabel

RNLI/Ken Francis

Phil Hansford

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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