Scarborough RNLI recruits 11 new volunteer lifeboat crew to save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Following a recruitment drive in early 2021, 11 Scarborough locals have answered the call and signed up as volunteer crew at the RNLI lifeboat station.

A collage of photographs each showing one of the eleven individual crew members

RNLI/Erik Woolcott

The new Scarborough Lifeboat crew members

The new crew come from many walks of life and include teachers, surfing instructors, electricians, dementia advisors, civil servants, train drivers, signal operators, and fishing boat skippers, but they all have one thing in common; they all want to help to save lives at sea.

Although they have joined during a difficult time amid Covid-19 lockdowns and are missing many of the social elements of being part of the crew, each of them has integrated easily into station life and are progressing through training.

They will join an existing crew of over 30 lifeboat and shore crew lead by station Coxswain, Lee Marton.

‘Everyone here at the station welcomes all 11 onboard’, said Lee, ‘It’s great to see so much enthusiasm for the charity here in Scarborough. They’ve all bought a lot of new energy with them which is just what the station needs as lockdowns begin to ease and we start to return to a more normal routine. We look forward to getting to know them all in time and we thank them for becoming RNLI volunteers’.

The new crew are Aaron Yeoman, Amy Pywell, Caitlin Flash, Deborah Senior, Harrison Sheader, Jonathan Hayes, Lucy Collins, Max Thompson, Nick Gough, Paul Dixon and Rich Davis.

Speaking of her recent experiences on the crew, Lucy Collins said: ‘I moved back to Scarborough and joined the lifeboat crew in December 2020. I’ve wanted to be on the crew from about 16. The idea of being there for people in an emergency and being able to make an active difference was always something that drew me in.

‘The crew already feels like a family, everyone is there for you to help you progress and it’s brilliant to be a part of. I feel honoured to be able to make a difference with the RNLI and I’m looking forward to doing everything I can to have a positive impact on saving lives at sea!’

For more information on volunteering with the RNLI please visit: rnli.org/support-us/volunteer

Notes to editors

· Scarborough lifeboat station has been operating since 1801. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: scarborough.rnli.online/ or rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/scarborough-lifeboat-station

· Station Coxswain Lee Marton is available for interview

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For more information please telephone Erik Woolcott, RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07866 848314 or Erik_Woolcott@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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