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New Quay RNLI are looking for shore crew to join the team

Lifeboats News Release

New Quay RNLI are looking for volunteer shore crew to join the team at New Quay Lifeboat Station. Do you live within a two-mile radius of the lifeboat station? Do you want give something back to the community and help save lives at sea?

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Wayne Lewis New Quay RNLI shore crew member and tractor driver in the Tooltrak tractor

Shore crew members play a vital role at the lifeboat station. When the pagers sound and the volunteer lifeboat crew members jump into action, the shore crew assist with preparing the lifeboats, drive the launching tractors, and ensure that the boats are launched safely. When the boats return from service, the shore crew recover and rehouse the lifeboats, ensuring that they are ready for service again as soon as possible.

There are 4,700 volunteer lifeboat crew members at stations around the UK and Ireland, and another 3,000 volunteer shore crew members who support them.

Wayne Lewis, one of New Quay RNLI’s shore crew members is glad that he volunteered, “It is great being part of the team, meeting people and learning new skills, whilst helping to save lives at sea. No previous boating experience is required and full training is provided. If you live locally and have some spare time, it’s a very rewarding role.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “Volunteering with the RNLI gives you the opportunity to make a difference in your local community, to help save lives and be part of the larger RNLI family. If you’re aged between 17 and 70 and live or work within 2 miles of the lifeboat station, come down and meet us. We are particularly interested in people who have experience with agricultural vehicles and heavy machinery.”

If you’re interested in joining the shore crew at New Quay RNLI and would like more information, call the lifeboat station on 01545 560 311 or email [email protected].

Around 150 people still lose their lives in UK and Irish waters annually and it is the charity, RNLI who provide a 24/7 search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and relies on volunteers to help save lives at sea.

Notes to editors

RNLI media contact

For more information contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at [email protected] or 07786 550054. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.

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Wayne Lewis New Quay RNLI shore crew member and tractor driver with the Talus tractor

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.