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New volunteers and roles appointed at Cardigan Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

Over the past few months, a recruitment and training drive at Cardigan RNLI has welcomed a host of new volunteer to the lifeboat station, along with several fresh appointments.

Cardigan RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat

RNLI/Nicholas Leach

Cardigan RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat

Madeline Barber, Sarah Morgan and Andrew Thomas are now all volunteer crew members, along with Leo Barber who is also a trainee helmsman. Emergency pagers have also been handed to James Finlayson, Sam Trevor, David ‘Ollie’ James, Lisa Kenny, Jake Reading and Sam Bailey who have all signed up to help save lives at sea.

As part of their training James, Lisa and Ollie recently attended an intensive two-day course at the RNLI’s training college at Poole. The training at the charity’s headquarters involved emergency procedures including flares and capsize training on both the Class D inshore lifeboat and the larger Atlantic class.

Cardigan lifeboat station have also appointed a new Lifeboat Operations Manager who will be responsible for the management of the lifeboat station as well as volunteers to help launch and recover the lifeboats.

Pete Austin has been appointed as Cardigan RNLI’s new Lifeboat Operations Manager. Two new trainee shore crew have joined in Sarah Jones and Gareth Lumsdaine. Sam Trevor and Bruce Harris have both qualified as lifeboat launch vehicle drivers, with Bruce also a new Deputy Launch Authority alongside fellow new appointee Amanda Barber.

As well as all the training and new appointments it’s been a busy few months for all the volunteers at Cardigan RNLI. In May, the volunteer crew was twice called out to false alarms with good intent. The volunteers also took part in the RNLI Mayday Mile through Cardigan town centre, which raised more than £1,000 towards the charity’s funds.

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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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