Newquay RNLI volunteer graduates as qualified paramedic
Newquay lifeboat crew have sent congratulations to one of their volunteer RNLI helms, Mike 'Sharkbait' Martin, who graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Paramedic Science from the University of Plymouth on Friday (24 September).
'Sharky' as he's known to his colleagues, joined the lifeboat crew on his 17th birthday in 2007 and has been a helm and retained mechanic at Newquay RNLI for around the last decade.
Mike, who opted to join the University of Plymouth so that he could commute and maintain his RNLI roles in Newquay throughout his studies said:
'I was motivated to study paramedic science after being involved with casualty care on the lifeboats. It's been extremely hard work, but so worthwhile. My RNLI colleagues, quite a few of them ambulance service personnel themselves, and my SWAST mentors & colleagues, have been a huge help during my training. Thank you to all of them and our RNLI supporters, their encouragement and support means a lot'.
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