Flint RNLI volunteer follows father’s footsteps to pass out as Helm

Lifeboats News Release

Flint RNLI volunteer crew member Brian Dobson was put through his paces earlier this week (Wednesday 16 December ) by completing the rigorous RNLI helm assessment after months of training, practical tests and study.


Brian Dobson (Left) with RNLI Assessor, Simon Bunting (Right) after completing Helm pass out
Brian Dobson began volunteering for the RNLI in 2016 shortly after his 17th Birthday, following in the footsteps of his father Chris Dobson, who is also a Flint RNLI Helm.

Through his dedication and commitment, Brian is the youngest helm on station at 21 years of age and is now qualified and able to take command of the station's D-Class lifeboat Lady Barbara.

Alan Forrester, Lifeboat Operations Manager says, “I am pleased to see after Brian’s hard work and commitment to training he has achieved the status of RNLI Helm. He will be a great asset to our existing Helms and further enhance our ability to respond to the call to save lives at sea.”

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Brian Dobson (Left) with his father Chris Dobson (Right)

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