RNLI Peterhead crew member David Weir passes out as Coxswain

Lifeboats News Release

Peterhead RNLI is celebrating this week as crew member David Weir passed out as Coxswain following months of rigorous training and hard work.

David Weird, Peterhead Lifeboat

RNLI/Stacey Lynch

David, who has been a volunteer crew member with Peterhead Lifeboat for 11 years, completed his assessments to qualify as an RNLI All weather Lifeboat Coxswain.

David initially joined the lifeboat in 2009 and has dedicated hundreds of hours of his free-time to saving lives at sea, along with the rest of the crew who rush to the station when the pager sounds. From initially enrolling as a crew member, David has progressed and built on his skills and knowledge through various roles on the Peterhead Lifeboat including navigator and mechanics positions.

He said: “This role comes with a huge responsibility to which I would like to thank the RNLI, station and crew for their support in the months leading up to my passout.”

Jurgen Wahle, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said this achievement is testament to David’s hard work and dedication, as well as a great milestone for Peterhead Lifeboat Station.

He continued: “Our crews train extensively to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be a member of the Lifeboat crew.

“This means giving time and dedication to meet the requirements and while David not only gives up his free time as a volunteer crew member, this fantastic accomplishment is also a culmination of intensive and continual assessment, as well as a dedicated personal effort.

“David should be very proud – all of us at the station are!”

RNLI Volunteer Crew members remain on call 365 days of the year, even in the current pandemic, to man the coasts and waters. This has meant adapting quickly to align with Government guidelines while ensuring they are still ready to respond when the pager sounds.

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Notes to editors

  • Peterhead lifeboat station been operating since 1865. The current Peterhead Lifeboat Station, the third built, was opened in 1999 and is staffed by one full-time RNLI employee.
  • The Lifeboat, a Tamar class RNLB Misses Robertson of Kintail, is berthed approximately 100 metres away.
  • To learn more about the station, go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/peterhead-lifeboat-station


RNLI media contacts

Stacey Lynch, Peterhead Lifeboat Press Officer, 07791729954, Stacey_Lynch@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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