Newquay RNLI recruit qualifies as lifeboat crew

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One of Newquay RNLI's newest volunteers has recently completed his probationary period at the town's lifeboat station and passed out as qualified crew on the charity's two inshore lifeboats.

Newquay RNLI volunteer James Coombes, wearing lifeboat kit in front of the lifeboat station, shakes hands with RNLI Assessor Trainer, Carl Beardmore, after qualifying as lifeboat crew.

RNLI/Kev Goulding

Newquay RNLI volunteer James Coombes (right) qualifies as lifeboat crew, with RNLI Assessor Trainer, Carl Beardmore.
James Coombes works as a self-employed carpenter and joined Newquay RNLI in January 2020, after a nine-year career as a mine clearance diver in the Royal Navy and experience sailing yachts around Europe, the Caribbean and across the Atlantic.
James said: 'My dad used to be in the lifeboat crew at Newquay when I was younger and growing up around the harbour it was always something I wanted to do, so now's a good time to achieve that ambition and give something back'.
RNLI Assessor Trainer for the region, Carl Beardmore, assessed James' competency during an exercise launch in November, after James had completed nearly two years' training with crew at the lifeboat station and added:
'James is not only an extremely experienced person on the water, both in the leisure and commercial sectors, he is also an extremely competent lifeboat crew member and demonstrates all of the RNLI values ie selfless, trustworthy, dependable and courageous.
James has integrated well into the lifeboat crew and I believe he will go far at Newquay, I wish him well for the future. Very well done'.


Notes to editors
Please find attached photo, James Coombes (right) qualifies as lifeboat crew with RNLI Assesor Trainer, Carl Beardmore. Credit: Kev Goulding.

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