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New Lifeboat Helm at Llandudno

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteer, Adam Finch-Saunders, completes his helm training program and has passed out as a Helm on Llandudno’s inshore lifeboat.


Adam Finch-Saunders, Llandudno RNLI
Adam has been assessed on the numerous different challenges of overseeing a D Class lifeboat. The Llandudno inshore lifeboat Dr Barbara Saunderson is highly manoeuvrable and usually operates closer to shore than our all-weather lifeboats. She comes into her own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water, and confined locations - often close to cliffs, rocks and even inside caves as well as activities which demand an extremely high level of competence and experience from the volunteer crews involved.

Adam has been a volunteer at Llandudno for a combined service total of nearly ten years, having been a volunteer for five years, joining when he was 17, Adam then went to sea to pursue a seafaring career before re-joining early 2015. He has served as a crew member on both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats.

Adam said: 'I am enormously proud to be part of the volunteer crew at Llandudno which was in fact a significant founding step in the professional seafaring career I now enjoy.

'I am also delighted to have completed my helm training and now look forward to joining the compliment of other Helm crew members at Llandudno Lifeboat Station”.

Llandudno Lifeboat Operations Manager Capt. Marcus Elliott explained: 'Our crews are prepared to drop everything and risk their lives to save others at a moment's notice. Their lifesaving work is essential, often difficult, and sometimes dangerous. That is why we provide our crew members with first-class training, equipment, guidance and support. Our lifeboat crews train together every week, at sea and ashore and have continued to do so throughout the pandemic. The additional challenges this creates only serves to enhance Adam’s achievement in passing out successfully as our newest inshore lifeboat Helm.'

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For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email [email protected].

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Adam Finch-Saunders taking the helm in 2017.

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