RNLI Rye Harbour kicks off 2020 in style

Lifeboats News Release

54 Training modules were passed last night at RNLI Rye Harbour.

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Although the modules are taken seriously there is always time for encouragement and few moments of levity

The buzz in the station was palpable. Everyone was keen to take their assessments with Dave Needham and Dean Miller and thrilled for each other as the results were announced: pass, pass and pass. Izzy Sharpe gained the RADAR module( also George Clark) and has completed her crew plan. She is now a fully competent boat-crew member – congratulations! Izzy Bolton, (must be something in the name), passed all her modules to complete her shore-crew plan so the next step now is to start her training to become fully qualified boat-crew.

These are exciting times for the station at the moment with so many people gaining passes in their assessments. Dave Needham said, 'I always receive a warm welcome from RNLI Rye Harbour and their commitment to training to the highest standard is rewarding.'

Paul Bolton, LOM, (Lifeboat Operations Manager) commented, “The dedication and commitment shown by the members of the team at Rye Harbour is tremendous and it makes me so proud to be in charge of such a team. Indeed, it is a team effort with everyone helping each other learn new modules and encouraging each other along the way. A night like this also needs a committed shore crew to launch the boat.”

Joe Mitchell, ALM, (Area Lifesaving Manager) called in at the beginning of the session to pass on his encouragement and thanks to all those taking part. He was really impressed with the 54 modules passed.

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Izzy Bolton and Izzy Sharpe completed their training plans and were thrilled

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Some of the crew who took modules and the Shore crew giving their support

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Maddie and Tia with their trainer and assessor Dave Needham

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Izzy Sharpe and Dave Needham preparing for the Radar module prior to going to sea

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