Get on board and volunteer with Newbiggin RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station are inviting potential crew members to be part of their lifesaving team.

Newbiggin lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Newbiggin by the Sea is looking for extra volunteers to join their lifeboat team.

The charity is hoping to attract people from all walks of life and new recruits don’t need to have sea-going experience to get involved. Team players with good general fitness and the ability to learn new skills would be ideally suited to the role.

Potential recruits must live or work within five miles of the station and be between 17 and 55 years of age.

Mark Hopkins RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, explained: ‘Only 10 percent of our new recruits come with professional maritime experience, our current lifeboat crew is testament to this as we have a builder, car mechanic and a surveyor.

‘The RNLI provides comprehensive training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering, people will gain some fantastic experience, knowledge and skills with the RNLI in Newbiggin.

‘Around 95 percent of RNLI people are volunteers and find the experience an extremely rewarding one. It’s a great way to make new friends whilst helping to save lives at sea.’

To qualify as lifeboat crew, volunteers need to be:

· Aged 17 to 55

· Living or working within 5 miles of the station at Newbiggin

· Generally fit

For more information, contact Mark Hopkins on Tel: 01670 817320 or email:

Picture caption

The photograph shows the RNLI volunteer crew at Newbiggin in action. Photo credit: RNLI / Richard Martin.

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Newbiggin Lifeboat Volunteers

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat Volunteers

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