Carpenter Mark is new Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat chief

Lifeboats News Release

A 58 year old carpenter, who was at the helm of the town's RNLI lifeboat for 14 years, has taken on the most senior volunteer role at Lyme Regis lifeboat station.

Mark Colley (pictured left) is congratulated on becoming Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lyme Regis by his predecessor Nick Marksr

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Handover - Mark Colley(left) is congratulated on becoming Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lyme Regis by his predecessor Nick Marks.Nick
Mark Colley is the new Lifeboat Operations Manager, taking over from Nick Marks,69, who held the position for seven years and has retired in line with the RNLI's policy on age.
Mr. Marks officially handed over his role during the lifeboat crew's recent training evening.
Mr Colley retired from his role as a lifeboat helm at the age of 55 and became a Deputy Launching Authority in February last year. He has been a crew member for 23 years.
He said: "It's a new challenge and one that I relish. It's the pinnacle role at the lifeboat station and I am delighted to have reached it. I have a very hard act to follow. Nick Marks has been running a very successful station for seven years and I have inherited a great team. I know they will all help me settle into this vital role."
Mr Marks said: "Whilst I am sorry that I now have to retire from an operational role with the Lyme Regis lifeboat I am delighted that the RNLI has appointed Mark Colley as my successor. Mark has a wealth of experience gained from more than 20 years on the crew.
"I am not retiring from the RNLI completely and will continue to volunteer as the Water Safety Officer for the Lyme Regis area.
"In this role I will be leading our team of Water Safety volunteers to give advice to children and adults on the inherent dangers of the sea and help them enjoy their coastal activities in the safest possible manner."

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