Whitby RNLI appoint new Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Lifeboats News Release

Barry Brown, owner of the world famous Fortune’s Kippers shop, has been appointed the new Lifeboat Operations Manager at Whitby RNLI.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Barry Brown, Whitby RNLI's new Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Barry was born in Whitby and the business he owns with his brother Dereck, Fortunes Kippers has been in his family for generations. Barry has also been rowing the historic Lifeboat the William Riley in Whitby and at various events for over 17 years.

Barry was a member of the local rowing club for over 45 years so the lifesaving charity is close to his heart as he understands the importance of keeping safe in and around the water.

Having a strong connection to the sea in both his hobbies and profession has meant he has easily fitted in with the crew at Whitby during his two years as a volunteer so far.

The previous LOM, Keith retired after eight years as LOM and joined the lifeboat in 1979. Barry said: ‘Keith has done a fantastic job of managing the operational side of the lifeboat over the last eight years, I hope I can keep up the good work and put my stamp on the role.

The position, which is voluntary involves helping the charity save lives at sea by carrying out the day to day management of the lifeboat station to ensure a permanent state of readiness for service.

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com

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