New second coxswain for Fowey RNLI lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday October 5 Jimmy Hoddinott was named as the new second coxswain at Fowey RNLI lifeboat station.

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Jimmy Hoddinott, 2nd Coxswain Fowey RNLI

Jimmy joined Fowey RNLI as a volunteer lifeboat crew member in November 1999. He has been a coxswain for the past nine years, progressing to deputy second coxswain and now second coxswain.

Jimmy is a marine engineer who lives in Fowey with his wife Claire. Jimmy says: ‘I love being part of the Fowey crew, they are a great bunch of people. My main motivation for volunteering though is to help keep people safe on the water. I and the rest of the crew can be called on 24/7 to save lives out at sea.

Jonathan Pritchard, Coxswain at Fowey RNLI said: ‘Jimmy is a great member of the team and becoming second coxswain is a result of the hard work and dedication that he’s shown during his time in Fowey RNLI. Jimmy is part of a team of four coxswains who volunteer to ensure that the Fowey lifeboats can be called out to help save lives at sea 24/7. Congratulations to Jimmy from the rest of the crew.’

Jimmy’s wife Claire says: ‘Our family is incredibly proud of what Jimmy has achieved during his service; which is now approaching 22 years. I admire his dedication and have great respect for the work of the Fowey Lifeboat crew. The sound of the pager still makes me jump as he rushes off to respond to the shout which can be at any time during the day or night, 365 days a year, in all weather conditions.’


Photo caption: Jimmy Hoddinott, Second Coxswain, Fowey RNLI
Photo 2 caption: Fowey's all-weather Trent class lifeboat and inshore D class (photo credit Claire Hoddinott)


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Claire Hoddinott

Photo 2 caption: Fowey's all-weather Trent class lifeboat and inshore D class

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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.

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