Rhyl RNLI welcomes new trainee volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

Following the station’s first big recruitment drive since the pandemic, eight new recruits are in training to become volunteer crew at Rhyl Lifeboat Station.

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New Crew Member Rosa

The new crew are Adam Jones-Booth, Craig Kelly, Harry Clews, Jack Blanchard, James Strauch, John Hughes, Marty Teal and Rosa Tomassi-Bella.

They will now undergo training, supported by the other volunteer crew at the station, to gain the skills and knowledge required to help save lives at sea.

The new crew bring a range of different experiences with them but they all have one thing in common, they are giving up their time to volunteer for the RNLI in Rhyl.

Martin Jones, Coxswain at Rhyl Lifeboat Station, said:

'It’s always a great feeling to welcome new crew trainees to Rhyl. We’re a busy station and being a volunteer demands a lot of people’s time and commitment so having new crew will really help. I’m looking forward to working with them all as they progress through their training.'

Rosa Tomassi-Bella, new trainee crew member, said:

'As soon as I saw the opportunity I went for it. Not only do I want to do my part to help save lives at sea but also its an opportunity to be part of a fantastic team and community in which I live. I’m really excited to learn from my peers, all of which have been so generous with their time and knowledge and made me feel part of the RNLI family. I’m passionate about putting my skills to the best possible use, to help save lives.'

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New Crew Member Marty

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New Crew Member John

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New Crew Member Harry

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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