Presentation marks RNLI Penarth volunteer’s successful pass out
RNLI Penarth volunteer Cliff Taylor was presented with the RNLI tie and Guernsey jumper to mark his successful pass out as shore crew at the station.
Cliff, who carried out much of his training during successive lockdowns after joining the crew in March 2020, is also training as a tractor driver to operate the two vehicles that launch Penarth’s D-class and Atlantic 85 lifeboats.
Shore crew members play a vital role at the lifeboat station. When the pagers sound and the volunteer lifeboat crew members jump into action, the shore crew assist with preparing the lifeboats, drive the launching tractors, and ensure that the boats are launched safely. When the boats return from service, the shore crew recover and rehouse the lifeboats, ensuring that they are ready for service again as soon as possible.
Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager at RNLI Penarth Lifeboat Station, said:
“We are delighted to congratulate Cliff on his passout as shore crew, and for his continued hard work supporting the station’s ability to launch our lifeboats and provide a lifesaving service at any time of day or night.’
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.