Diver rescued by lifeboat crew joins volunteers of Lyme Regis RNLI
A former diving instructor who was once rescued by a lifeboat crew has joined the volunteer RNLI team in Lyme Regis.
Paul, who started diving at 14, soon after he learned to swim, was rescued with his dive 'buddy' after they surfaced only to find their dive boat had disappeared.
' We were in the water for 45 minutes with waves of three feet. The dive boat had reported us missing and we were very relieved when the RNLI arrived,' said Paul.
As a qualified lifesaving examiner, boat handler and VHF radio tutor Paul also taught diving at Poole Dive Centre.
Paul, who worked with adults with learning difficulties in Sussex for 20 years, said:'I will never forget my gratitude at being rescued by the RNLI, and when we moved to Lyme Regis I thought here was the opportunity to give something back by volunteering.' Paul and his wife Karen have three grown up children, twins Lucy and Anna,24, and Timothy, 26.
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.