New Lifeboat Operations Manager at Barmouth RNLI Station
This summer has seen a key change in the RNLI operational team at Barmouth lifeboat station.
Long serving Lifeboat Operational Manager (LOM) David Bailey, has retired from the position after six years. Prior to taking on the Lifeboat Operations Manager role in 2013, David was Deputy Launch Authority (DLA) for a number of years.
David is dedicated to the sea, joining the Merchant Navy in 1966 as an apprentice and retiring from the sea as Master Mariner in 2009. David has a passion for sailing, with a yacht in Greece where he holidays several times a year with his wife Linda.
Incoming Lifeboat Operations Manager, former Mayor and local business man Mark James, has been with Barmouth RNLI since 2013 in the role as DLA, deputising for the LOM on occasion and therefore creating a seamless transition within the station. Mark has lived in Barmouth for 53 years and is still a member of the Town Council and sits on Barmouth harbour consultative committee as a member of the RNLI.
Mark says: ‘I am honoured to take on the role of LOM and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead’
The Lifeboat Operations Manager role, which is voluntary, involves overseeing the general operation of the lifeboats and the station. They give authority for the lifeboats to launch, liaising with other emergency services as necessary. LOM’s have a key role in the changes and developments of a lifeboat station.
RNLI media contact
For more information please contact Sarah Radford, Barmouth Lifeboat Deputy Press Officer on 07887 492210 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer – Wales and North West on 07771 941390 / 01745 58516
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.