Hollie answers the call to save lives at sea with Harwich RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Harwich RNLI welcomes Hollie McGarry aboard, after answering their call for help saving lives at sea, which sees women make up 25% of the crew at Harwich, showing that gender is no barrier to saving lives at sea.

RNLI/Peter Bull

Hollie McGarry

The former Harwich and Dovercourt High School pupil has always enjoyed being by the sea, living in Harwich, and had often wondered what it would be like to volunteer with the RNLI. After seeing an appeal to join the charity’s volunteers at Harwich, Hollie (21) thought this would be a great opportunity to get involved, while helping the community at the same time.

Hollie joins with no experience of the sea, but a passion to learn.

Full training is provided in a modular format for all volunteers, starting with the basics on staying safe at sea, continuing right through to managing one of the charity’s lifeboats and crew on rescue missions as a helm or coxswain. Hollie will begin her journey as shore crew, helping to prepare the lifeboats for service, during which time she will undergo training and assessments to prepare her for going afloat.

Hollie is the seventh female on the crew at Harwich RNLI, making up 25% of crew, of which volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Peter Bull is very proud of:

‘Hollie joins one of the busier RNLI coastal stations, launching 117 times in 2021, which will afford her plenty of opportunities to hone her skills. Joining a team headed by the first full-time female coxswain in the charity’s near 200 years, with 25% of volunteers being female, showing despite often misheld perceptions, gender is no barrier to saving lives at sea.'

If, like Hollie, you would like to help make a real difference by saving lives with Harwich RNLI, or would like to know more, please email me at [email protected].’

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For more information, please contact:

Richard Wigley, RNLI Harwich volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07903424698 or [email protected],

Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824518641 or [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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