Another new helm for Newbiggin

Lifeboats News Release

Marc Kelly tonight was signed off as a new helmsman for the lifeboat at Newbiggin.

RNLI/Richard Martin/Mark Pearson

Marc Kelly and Matt Blanchard Assessor Trainer (Lifeboats)
Congratulations to Marc on his success following an intensive period of training at Newbiggin with a rigorous assessment to move the training forward. Marc aged 41 who works as a Casualty Care Trainer for the RNLI, has been part of the station team for over seven years and has regularly given up his spare time not only for his own progression but in his training role to develop and support other volunteers.

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

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email jim_rice@rnli.org.uk 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.

New helm for Newbiggin lifeboat

RNLI/Richard Martin

Marc Kelly

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