Graphic designer and emergency care assistant qualify as Newquay RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

Colleagues at Newquay lifeboat station have congratulated fellow RNLI volunteers James Munley and Shelley Pearce, who both qualified as lifeboat crew earlier this month.

James describes his occupation as 'dad and graphic designer' and joined Newquay RNLI as shore crew in 2018, before beginning his lifeboat crew training in 2019. He said: 'I'm very proud to be a member of the Newquay RNLI family. It's an honour to be part of the crew and I want to thank everyone at the station for their time and patience in making this happen'.

Shelley works for South Western Ambulance Service as an Emergency Care Assistant and joined the station as an RNLI volunteer in 2017. She said: 'I wouldn’t have made it this far without the support and experience of my crew mates and I'm so happy to be part of this amazing team of people'.

James and Shelley qualified following a final assessment exercise on the charity's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat with RNLI Assessor/Trainer Gary Stanbury (centre), who is himself an inshore lifeboat helm and all-weather lifeboat coxswain and mechanic at Appledore RNLI in North Devon. Gary said 'James & Shelley can both be very proud of their achievements, which are a reflection of their own commitment to the RNLI and the hard work and dedication of their trainers and fellow crew on station. Well done to everyone involved'.

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