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Lifeboat Helm at 20!

Lifeboats News Release

Congratulations to George Yeoman who this afternoon passed out to become RNLI Salcombe’s youngest ever Lifeboat Helm.

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George Yeoman

At sixteen George, better known as Chad by the crew, was often to be found visiting the lifeboat station where once his dad was a crew member. On the day George turned 17 he signed up and became a member of the crew in training.

The role of Helm is an important and responsible role often having to make life or death decisions in horrendous conditions and comes after many hours of training. In three years, George has rarely missed a shout and, just as importantly, is always to be found at exercise evenings.

Chad, (sorry couldn’t resist it) would be the first to thank all the Salcombe crew for their encouragement and support through-out and who have guided him through the process.

George an amazing goal reached at just 20 and passed with flying colours!!


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