St Davids RNLI praise lifeboat volunteer dedication and achievements

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at St Davids RNLI lifeboat station have been praised for their exceptional dedication during July which saw multiple assessments, community events and lifeboat launches.

Lyndon Lomax

All-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launching from St Davids

Several of the crew completed training plans marking the culmination of months of training and time spent volunteering for the RNLI. These include:

· John Williams, Greg Clifft, Jane Palin and Nige Robinson completed their Duty Launch Authority pass out examinations

· Pad Rees, Martin Charlton and Nick Phillips completed all-weather lifeboat Navigator plans

· Mike Phillips completed his Coxswains pass out

· Chris Edwards completed his Mechanic pass out

· Mike Hopkins and Will Chant completed their Winch Operator pass outs

· Judd Kohler completed his Head Launcher pass out

· Simone Eade completed her Lifeboat Press Officer training plan and pass out assessment.

Working together as one lifesaving team, St Davids lifeboat volunteers and RNLI crew from other stations provided cover whilst full time station mechanic Mike Chant recovered from a double wrist fracture over the last 11 weeks. As a result of this support, both St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboats remained available for service, launching on service many times throughout.

Amongst the training and operational cover organisation, a successful Station Open Day and quay side visit to Solva harbour took place with significant support from both the public and charity volunteers.

Will Chant, RNLI Coxswain for St Davids RNLI lifeboat, said: 'To all of the crew, fundraisers and wider RNLI support team I’d like to say thank you for their hard-work and dedication to the charity. July marked my one year anniversary as St Davids Coxswain and the last few months have reinforced my view that St Davids lifeboat crew are an incredible bunch of human beings, and I’m lucky to have them as my crew.’

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For more information please telephone Simone Eade, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799 804 922 or [email protected] or Eleri Roberts, Regional Media Officer at [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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