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Plymouth's Wesley Foster passes out as mechanic

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth crew member Wesley Foster has officially passed out as mechanic on the station's Severn class lifeboat.

Wesley Foster shortly after passing out as a Severn class lifeboat mechanic

RNLI/John Baldry

Wesley Foster

On Tuesday 27 September all of Wesley’s training and practise was examined by an RNLI mechanic and assessor, to ensure he was capable of what was required to be a mechanic on board Sybil Mullen Glover, Plymouth's Severn class lifeboat.

Showing knowledge of standard operating procedures, he worked his way through many scenarios. From starting the lifeboat's two Caterpillar engines, both capable of 1,250hp each, to dealing with improvised system failures that may occur when out at sea.

The all-weather lifeboat mechanic is responsible for the lifeboat engines and equipment on board. There is always a programme of planned maintenance ensuring the lifeboat is always ready for service in first-class condition.

Speaking with Wes after his pass out he said:

'I joined as a volunteer 13 months ago as being a part of the lifeboat has always been a dream of mine but I never lived close enough. To go from volunteer to being passed out as a full-time mechanic in that time is a real pinch-me moment.

'Plymouth is a busy station and after an intense summer of exercises and shouts I can't thank the volunteers and coastal staff enough for the time and effort they put into not only me but for those who are in need of the service.

'There is still lots to learn but I'm excited for not only my future but that of the future of the station as well.'

A special thanks to:

Simon Jeffery - Coxswain/Mechanic

Cameron Hicks - Helm

James Scott - Crew

Will Roberts - Mechanic

Matt Parr - Machinery Trainer/Assessor

Coxswain Simon Jeffery said:

'Since Wesley started full time on 1 July, he has shown a real desire and passion to succeed in his new role as station mechanic.

'Wesley has been working very hard on training and familiarisation of our machinery on both of our lifeboats, as well as attending courses at the RNLI college in Poole.

'This is a true testament to Wesley’s enthusiasm and dedication to our station. He is a valuable member of our crew and I would like to personally congratulate him on successfully passing his mechanical assessment yesterday.

I’m sure you will all join in in congratulating Wesley on his first milestone pass out.'


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RNLI/John Baldry

Wesley Foster

Key facts about the RNLI

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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