Blyth RNLI has a new Helm

Lifeboats News Release

Nathan May has become the latest volunteer crew member to become a helm.

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Blyth RNLI D Class Helm Nathan May
Nathan has been a volunteer crew member at Blyth RNLI for 8 years.

Last Tuesday, Nathan successfully completed his pass out on the D class inshore lifeboat, this follows a year of extensive training to become a helm.

The pass out consists of carrying out several tasks set by an RNLI assessor to ensure that the helm can safely control the inshore lifeboat and instruct the volunteer crew according to set procedures.

A written exam also has to be passed.

Paul Young, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Blyth RNLI commented;
'We would like congratulate Nathan May on becoming our newest D Class Helm after successfully completing his pass out and the hard work required to achieve the required standard.'

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