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New crew member who has joined Bridlington RNLI after travelling around Europe.

New Volunteer Crew member Kristina Batalina

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New Volunteer Crew member Kristina Batalina

Volunteer Kristina Batalina is the newest member of the crew at Bridlington RNLI.

After travelling from her home in Latvia and with time spent in Denmark and then Germany for 3 years, where she trained as a chef, Kristina has finally settled in Yorkshire choosing Bridlington as her home. After arriving in the UK, Kristina has not only secured a job in her profession as a chef but in joining the Bridlington RNLI becomes first ever overseas volunteer and joins the other four female crew members.

Kristina became interested in volunteering with the RNLI and after a few visits to the Bridlington Station decided to sign up and join as a volunteer. Kristina will now start weekly RNLI training exercises focussing on teamwork, technical competence and safe operating procedures covering everything from boat-handling, search and rescue, and navigation, to radar training, radio communications and casualty care. Crews also practise rescue scenarios involving other emergency services such as the Coastguard and fire and rescue services.

Kristina said ‘I like everything that causes an adrenaline rush and gives me as many emotions as possible. I constantly sing and dance whilst cooking, I love to walk, in general I like movement, not just to sit at home in front of the TV. So, volunteering for the RNLI suits my lifestyle perfectly”.

Bridlington Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) Steve Clark added, ‘Bridlington Lifeboat Station is delighted that after a familiarisation tour of the station, and thereafter a preliminary interview by the LOM’s, Kristina confirmed that she would like to volunteer. We are looking forward to her being a part of the Lifesaving Team at Bridlington. Her enthusiasm, desire to learn and willingness to help others is commendable. She will be fully involved in the Station's training programme. I am minded of the wise words of Benjamin Franklin, “you tell me and I forget. You teach me and I remember. You involve me and I learn”. Kristina will be fully involved and I am confident she will do very well at the Station.’

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