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Lifeboats News Release

Walmer lifeboat volunteer Kelsey Coe undertakes a training voyage along the south coast.

Volunteer Kelsey Coe aboard Training Ship Challenger 1.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Kelsey learning the ropes aboard Challenger 1.
After responding to an email from RNLI Headquarters in Poole earlier in the year asking for volunteers aged between 17 and 25, Walmer crew member Kelsey Coe joined others from Bembridge, Whitby, Poole, Penarth and Padstow, along with volunteer lifeguards from Newquay and Bude aboard the 22m Challenger 1 on the Trinity House sponsored Tall Ships Youth Training Voyage.

The trip covered a 172 nautical mile round trip along the south coast from Portsmouth via Cowes, Poole and Weymouth. It offered the young people the opportunity to gain experience and to sample life aboard a sea-going vessel. The volunteers were split into port and starboard watches and took it in turns to cook and clean.

Speaking on her return Kelsey said, 'The trip was a valuable experience, allowing me the opportunity to learn new skills and put into practice those learned on the station.'

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Sunset over the sea.

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Sunset over the sea.

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