Plymouth RNLI mechanic Simon Jeffery qualifies as Severn Class Coxswain.

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth RNLI are pleased to announce that our station's mechanic has passed his Severn Class assessment.

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Simon Jeffery

Congratulations to our stations Mechanic Simon Jeffery who has just passed out as our latest Severn Class Coxswain.

Simon Jeffery joined the station as volunteer crew in March 2018 and quickly progressed to our stations full time mechanic in April 2019.

With hard work, dedication and under the watchful eye of Dave Milford Simon has now passed out as the newest Severn Class Coxswain.

Coxswain Dave Milford said: “Congratulations to Simon, first step on the ladder and your promotion is in safe hands with the rest of the Plymouth station. Good luck in the future and goes to show that all the hard work you have put in has now paid off.

Simon said : "It’s been my ambition since joking with the crew to make it to coxswain. I’m under no illusions that this will be a learning curve for me and the crew, growing their confidence as I gain more and more experience"

Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Westall said: “Simon has put in a lot of hard work for this, the training he has been given at the station has certainly paid dividends and I would like to congratulate him on his Pass Out as a Severn Coxswain. This achievement strengthens the team at Plymouth RNLI.

We all wish Simon the very best in his future with the RNLI.

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