New Deputy Launching Authority for Troon Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

After the recent retirement of Charlie Duncan as Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) at Troon lifeboat station, and following a recent advertisement for new volunteers to this role, one of the successful applicants was David Walker.

New Deputy Launching Authority for Troon Lifeboat - David Walker

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New Deputy Launching Authority for Troon Lifeboat - David Walker

After the recent retirement of Charlie Duncan as Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) at Troon lifeboat station, and following a recent advertisement for new volunteers to this role, one of the successful applicants was David Walker.

After seeing advert on Facebook site, David from Troon, was encouraged to join by friends who are crew members after he read the advert on stations Facebook page.

David, who works in retail and joined the station in March, has always had an interest in the RNLI and the lifesaving work they undertake. His family have always sailed and they have known the RNLI were available should they need assistance.

Following his initial training at the station from fellow DLA Gary Pringle and former Coxswain Ian Johnson, he will now deputise for the Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) Jim Redmond and will be the first point of contact for the Coastguard in the event of a request to launch the all weather or inshore lifeboats.

David was recently issued with his RNLI pager the Lifeboat Operations Manager and has already been on-call. His first callout as launching authority was to an incident at Ardrossan on the 27 June and was woken with a startle by the loud bleep of his RNLI pager. David said ‘Within minutes of the Coastguard contacting me, the lifeboat crew had been alerted and were heading to the scene. On that callout 5 people were rescued from Horse Island by the lifeboat crew so I will certainly remember my first launch.’

RNLI media contacts

Andrew Limond, RNLI Troon Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 01292 314414, lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789


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