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New Quay RNLI crew member passes out as helm

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteer Ben Davies has become the newest helm on New Quay’s D-class inshore lifeboat.


RNLI Assessor Hugh Davies with Ben Davies of New Quay RNLI (L-R)

On Tuesday 4 October, after many months of training and assessments, both at station and at the RNLI college in Poole, father of two Ben, 47, underwent a final assessment at sea with RNLI Assessor Hugh Davies and passed with flying colours. Ben is now qualified to take command of our inshore lifeboat on exercise and on service.

Following a year of extensive training Ben, who joined the crew in March 2017, said, “It’s a great feeling getting to this stage after all the hard work training and learning. I would like to thank my fellow crew members for their support and time given, and my family for supporting me all the way.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “We all would like to congratulate Ben on his achievement. Ben will be a great asset to the existing helms and will enhance our ability to respond to taskings, allowing us to continue saving lives at sea. Well done Ben!”

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For more information contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at [email protected] or 07786 550054.

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