Could you be a lifesaver? RNLI seeks new recruit in South West Cornwall

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI team in South West Cornwall (West Cornwall and The Lizard Peninsula) is looking for a volunteer Water Safety Officer to help them to save lives at sea.

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The Lizard all-weather lifeboat launching from the slipway

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, but it’s not limited to launching a lifeboat or providing lifeguards to save lives.

The Water Safety Officer is a pivotal role in helping to reduce the number of preventable deaths and incidents that occur within local coastal and inland waterway environments. The volunteer in this role would be designing the Community Lifesaving Plan to identify ‘at risk’ groups, developing targeted interventions, and leading regular Water Safety Meetings.

Guy Botterill, Area Lifesaving Manager for South West Cornwall, said:

‘Volunteering with us gives people the opportunity to make a real difference in their local community, to save lives and become part of the larger RNLI family. We can’t keep people safe without the support of our wonderful volunteers, who truly make a difference every day no matter which role they are fulfilling.

‘Becoming a volunteer Water Safety Officer is a great chance to play a crucial part in helping to save lives. We’re looking for enthusiastic people who have good knowledge and experience of coastal environments, supervisory experience and an understanding of risk management. Anyone who would like to find out more and apply should visit the webpage.’

The RNLI provides first class training and equipment, guidance and support to all volunteers, from volunteer lifeboat crew to shop volunteers and event marshals. Find out more about the opportunities available near you at www.rnli.org/volroles.

Notes to editors

· Anyone interested in the role can find the post and apply on our website: https://volunteering.rnli.org/vacancy/water-safety-officer-434796.html

RNLI media contacts

For more information, please contact Marianne Quinn, Regional Media Officer, on Marianne_quinn@rnli.org.uk or 07786 668847.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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