Trawlerman nets a key role with Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew
A former trawlerman and volunteer lifeguard on the Essex coast has joined the crew of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis.
Simon Peters, 57, has become a DLA-Deputy Launching Authority-and joins the volunteer management team at the lifeboat station on The Cobb.
Simon, a former dental technician, university law graduate and insolvency administrator, later became a fisherman starting on a netting boat at Newhaven and then joining stern trawlers and a commercial charter boat.
He spent 18 years as a volunteer lifeguard at Canvey Island, Essex, and said:'I have always enjoyed volunteering and joining the Lyme Regis lifeboat when I moved to Charmouth seemed like a natural progression.'
Nick Marks, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lyme Regis, said:'I am delighted to welcome Simon aboard. He has a very strong maritime background and will doubtless be an asset to an already experienced team.'
Simon, who gained his skipper's 'ticket' at the Fishing College on The Cobb in Lyme Regis, has two grown-up daughters and a grandson.
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.