Newbiggin lifeboat gets a new helm

Lifeboats News Release

Stuart Chirnside-Ferrier has just qualified as a new helm on the station.

Training in progress

RNLI/Richard Martin / Stuart Chirnside-Ferrier

Stuart at the helm
Congratulations to Stuart on his success following an intensive period of training at Newbiggin with a rigorous assessment to move the training forward. Stuart aged 38 works in his day job as Quantity Surveyor/Company director, has been part of the station team for nearly four years and has regularly given up his spare time not only for his own progression but in his station trainer role to develop other volunteers.

Throughout the period on station Stuart has been supported by the rest of the volunteer team as he has progressed. The training has also had Matt Blanchland Assessor Trainer (Lifeboats) on station to support the learning and practical processes for this pivotal role. Stuart has also attended the Lifeboat College at Poole for further practical training on a variety of subjects.

Speaking after his training evening Stuart said 'the last few months have been intense, but worth it to support our station and provide them another Helm not only command the boat on shouts but help coach new crew on their own journeys. The lifeboat is my passion and we are lucky to be surrounded by other passionate people keeping not only our station but also this great service going'.

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.

Stuart assessment on the lifeboat

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat training
Stuart and the other lifeboat volunteers

RNLI/Richard Martin

New Helm for Newbiggin

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