Duo pass out as Aberdeen RNLI’s latest Helms

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeen RNLI lifeboat station and volunteer crew celebrate as both Andy Haines and Grant Gregor pass out as helm on inshore lifeboat, Buoy Woody 85N.

Andy Haines and Grant Gregor pass out as Helm at RNLI Aberdeen

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Andy Haines and Grant Gregor pass out as Helm at RNLI Aberdeen

The helm is a volunteer in charge of the inshore lifeboat when launching, at sea and when the boat is being recovered and made ready for the next rescue. The helm is responsible for the safety of the crew onboard and for everything that happens during a rescue.

Andy joined Aberdeen RNLI six years ago and Grant, who passed out as Aberdeen’s youngest Mechanic in 2021, signed up four years ago at just 19 years old. Both underwent rigorous testing and assessments, before being officially passed out as Helm on the inshore lifeboat in July.

Aberdeen RNLI’s Coxswain, Cal Reed, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted – and not at all surprised – to congratulate both Andy Haines and Grant Gregor on passing out as Helm earlier this month. Both are incredibly hard-working and dedicated volunteers who truly embody the RNLI’s values and mission.

“The RNLI is hugely rewarding and volunteering on the crew allows you to learn new skills, support the community and come together with a diverse group of volunteers who really are a family – both Andy and Grant have worked incredibly hard and officially passing out as Helm is testament to their hard work.”

Aberdeen RNLI is currently in the process of recruiting new volunteers to join its crew, onshore operations team and fundraising committee. Cal added: “Volunteering for the RNLI can come in many shapes and sizes, from joining to crew, fundraising committee or water safety educational roles. All of them are important in supporting the RNLI’s mission of saving lives at sea.

“Whatever your skill set, the RNLI will allow you to hone those skills and utilise them. We’re always on the lookout for new volunteers and welcome anyone who can provide the time and commitment required to ensure the safety of those living in the Aberdeen community.”

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