Llandudno RNLI crew member Andy Jones qualifies as Coxswain
The Llandudno all weather lifeboat William F Yates launched yesterday afternoon to enable Andy Jones to complete his final assessment to become a fully qualified Lifeboat Coxswain.
Andy has been a volunteer member of crew since 2005, he is also a full time Master of Workboats operating vessels around the coasts of Europe and the UK including the Gwynt Y Mor Windfarm off the North Wales Coast.
On successful completion of his assessment Andy explained: 'after nearly three hours at sea it had been a tough pass out with some pressurised challenges, the crew worked fantastically throughout the exercises, it is always very reassuring to know you are working alongside such skilled and experienced colleagues'.
Captain Marcus Elliot Lifeboat Operations Manager was waiting back at the boathouse to offer his congratulations: 'Andy Jones is a very longstanding crewman on Llandudno Lifeboats. After a lot of training and dedicated personal effort, he has now passed out and has been appointed as an assistant coxswain and he is a welcome addition to our senior crew.'
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.