New Helm for Carrybridge Lifeboat Station
A volunteer crew member, Kyle Boyd, from Carrybridge Lifeboat Station successfully completed the rigorous RNLI Helm assessment this week (Wednesday 9 March).
Aged 29, Kyle works for Openreach and has spent a lifetime on Upper and Lower Lough Erne.
Kyle started his RNLI voluntary service at Carrybridge on 8 October 2015, commencing his trainee crew member training, which he completed successfully. He then continued his journey towards the successful Helm qualification which he obtained after various assessments, with his final assessment being completed yesterday by our Trainer Assessor, Stephen McNulty. Kyle is now qualified and able to take command of the station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Douglas Euan and Kay Richards.
Following his final assessment, Kyle when responding to a call out will be responsible for taking charge of the lifeboat when on the inland waterways of Lough Erne. The RNLI describes the duty of a helmsman, ‘to use utmost endeavours to safeguard and rescue the lives of those in danger, whilst having regard for the safety of their crew’.
Following the Trainer Assessor’s visit, Helm Kyle Boyd said, “It feels amazing to pass out and take the next step in my lifeboat volunteer career. I’m really looking forward to taking the helm on training and shouts alike.”
Stephen Scott, Lifeboat Operations Manager at the station says, “I am very pleased that after all Kyle’s hard work and commitment to training, involving many long cold nights afloat on Upper Lough Erne, Kyle has achieved the status of RNLI Helm for our Atlantic Inshore Lifeboat. He will be a great asset to the existing Helms and will further enhance our ability to respond to the call to save lives on the inland waterways of Lough Erne.”
Photograph credit: Stephen Scott Carrybridge RNLI
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