'Coming of age' for Conwy RNLI's newest crew member

Lifeboats News Release

Thursday 22nd May 2019 saw a milestone for Conwy RNLI, when it's newest crew member Arthur 'Arty' Moss officially joined the volunteer crew on his 17th birthday.

New recruit Arty being handed over a lifejacket with lifeboat in background.

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New recruit Arty
Arthur (known to the crew as 'Arty'), has been waiting patiently for a long time to be able to officially join the crew. RNLI policy dictates that any member of the public can officially sign up to volunteer at the age of 18, or the age of 17 with parental consent.

In the lead up to this milestone, Arty has been very keen in attending the station during our weekly training sessions on a Wednesday evening, meeting the volunteer team at the station and getting to know the surroundings.

Arty passed his initial safety assessments in time for his 17th birthday with our local Divisional Assessor, much to the delight of the station.

Volunteer Press Officer/Helmsman Danny-Lee Davies said "I, like many of the other volunteers joined on or around our 17th birthdays and it is great to see that new recruits are still coming through the door at the 17 year age limit. It is a fantastic team that we have here at Conwy and we are all able to share experience and knowledge between us. We all wish Arty all the best!"

Pictured is Deputy Launching Authority Chris Hughes handing over a life jacket to Arty.

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Notes to editors

• Conwy lifeboat station has been operating since 1966.

• To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/conwy

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Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639

Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513

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