Could you be a lifesaver? Blyth RNLI seeks new recruits

Lifeboats News Release

The team at Blyth RNLI is calling for new volunteers to help them to save lives at sea.

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Blyth Lifeboat Station
In particular, the charity is looking for new volunteers to take up roles including, Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Volunteer Deputy Launching Authority and Volunteer Inshore Lifeboat Crew members.

A Volunteer Recruitment Day is taking place on Sunday 24 October between 11am and 3pm at Blyth RNLI lifeboat Station.

The charity is hoping to attract people from all walks of life to become part of the lifeboat operations team and volunteer crew members.

Ideally to qualify as lifeboat crew, volunteers need to be:-

· Living or working in or within 10 minutes of the lifeboat station

· Physically fit

· Over the age of 17

· Not colour blind

The RNLI provides world class training and turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering, people gain great experience, knowledge, and skills. There are important roles for those that don’t want to go afloat.

Steven Fitch Volunteer Helm at Blyth RNLI said: ‘Volunteering with us gives people the opportunity to make a real difference in their local community, to save lives and become part of the larger RNLI family. We can’t keep people safe without the support of our wonderful volunteers, who truly make a difference every day no matter which role they are fulfilling.

Becoming a volunteer at Blyth RNLI is a great chance to play a crucial part in helping to save lives. We’re looking for enthusiastic people that don’t need to have sea-going experience – anyone interested in finding out more should come along to our recruitment day on Sunday 24 October between 11am and 3pm. The event is going to be held at the lifeboat station Quay Road Blyth NE24 3PA.’

Find out more about the opportunities available click on this link

RNLI media contacts

For more information, please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 or [email protected] or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer (North and East) on 07824 518641 or [email protected] contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

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Blyth Lifeboat Station and D Class

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Blyth RNLI Atlantic 85 and D Class

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.

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