New Year New Challenge for Blyth RNLI youngest helm

Lifeboats News Release

It's been a busy start to 2021 for Jordan Holmes, Blyth RNLI's youngest helm who has been training on the station's D class inshore lifeboat.

RNLI/Barry Pearson

Jordan Holmes pictured here with Assessor Matt Blanchard after passing out as a D-Class helm
On Thursday 7 January, Jordan was being assessed for his pass out on the D class inshore lifeboat, this is after 4 months on becoming a B class helm at Blyth RNLI.

The pass out consists of carrying out several tasks set by an RNLI assessor to ensure that the helm can safely control the inshore lifeboat and instruct the volunteer crew according to set procedures.

A written exam also has to be passed.

Barry Pearson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Blyth RNLI commented;
'We would like congratulate our youngest Helm Jordan Holmes pictured here with RNLI Assessor Matt Blanchard after passing out as a D Class helm today.
This is his second pass out in 4 months after having successfully passed out as a B class Helm in October of last year.
It has been quite an achievement to accomplish this due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic restricting our ability to train under normal circumstances.

If this inspires you to become part of the volunteer crew at Blyth RNLI please feel free to get in touch.'

Should you wish to join the crew as a volunteer at Blyth RNLI then please email Barry_Pearson@rnli.org.uk


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RNLI/Cameron Holmes

Jordan Holmes D Class Helm pass out with RNLI Assessor Matt Blanchard and two volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI

RNLI/Cameron Holmes

Jordan Holmes D Class Helm pass out with RNLI Assessor Matt Blanchard and two volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI

RNLI/Cameron Holmes

Jordan Holmes D Class Helm pass out with RNLI Assessor Matt Blanchard and two volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI

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