Whitby RNLI volunteer qualifies at Severn Class mechanic.
Keith Attridge has been training alongside the Humber RNLI crew.
In order to be able to act as a relief mechanic at other stations, providing support to his fellow volunteers, he took on the challenge of training as a mechanic on the Severn class lifeboat.
He began training over at Humber RNLI, and recently passed out after being assessed by Ben McGarry..
Keith has now decided to join Humber RNLI as a volunteer in order to provide regular relief cover, alongside his current volunteer role in Whitby which also sees him providing holiday cover for the full time station mechanic.
Volunteering at Humber involves 'living in' at for periods of 48 hours at a time, being on call 24/7 and undertaking maintenance and training during the day.
Keith said: 'Spending time at Humber as been absolutely invaluable at enhancing my training, getting to be hands on for 7 to 8 hours at a time and focus solely the lifeboats has really helped me progress.
The guys at Humber are so knowledgeable and experienced, it was great to spend time with them and soak up some of their knowledge.'
For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]
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