Harwich RNLI welcome new full-time mechanic

Lifeboats News Release

The 1 November not only saw the volunteers of Harwich RNLI launch for the 111th time of the year, but also marked the arrival of Adrian Griggs (52), to take up the role of full-time Mechanic, a post recently vacated by Di Bush on becoming Harwich’s newest Coxswain.

Being no stranger to Harwich after spending over 31 years at the town’s fire station as a firefighter and Watch Officer. Adrian will take over the day to day maintenance of Harwich’s lifeboats, ensuring they are always ready to answer the call for help.

Adrian is very much looking forward to the challenge of this vital role:

‘After 31 years serving the local community as a firefighter, it was time for a change whilst still serving the community. I am looking forward to meeting all the volunteers and learning something new.’

While welcoming Adrian to the team, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) Peter Bull said:

‘It’s a pleasure to welcome Adrian to the team, he brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous role in the emergency services, and we are all looking forward to working alongside him.

‘Adrian has joined one of the busiest stations in the country, with 111 call outs this year already, during one of its busiest years, but I am in no doubt he is up to the task.’

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For more information, please contact:

Richard Wigley, RNLI Harwich volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07903424698 or richard_wigley@rnli.org.uk,

Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824518641 or clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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