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Newquay shore crew volunteer qualifies as RNLI tractor driver

Lifeboats News Release

After completing an RNLI assessment before Christmas, one of Newquay lifeboat station’s volunteers, Richie Law, has qualified to drive the charity's New Holland tractor which the crew use to launch & recover the town’s D class inshore lifeboat.

Richie, who serves in the military, joined Newquay RNLI as shore crew in November 2022 before beginning his training as an RNLI tractor driver. He said: ‘I wanted to join the RNLI because I knew that they always had my back when I was out on the water surfing as a youngster and joining the lifeboat crew is my way of giving something back to the community’.

After training with support from fellow volunteers at Newquay RNLI, Richie’s assessment was completed by RNLI Assessor/Trainer Gary Stanbury, who said: 'As well as the seagoing crew, the RNLI relies on the dedication of shore crew volunteers to launch & recover the charity’s lifeboats at all hours of the day & night. Richie can be very proud of his achievement, which is a reflection of his own commitment to the RNLI and the support of fellow crew on station. Well done to everyone involved'.

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Attached picture: Richie Law (left) being congratulated by RNLI Assessor/Trainer Gary Stanbury after qualifying as RNLI tractor driver. Credit: Newquay RNLI/Ann-Marie Dale.

Newquay lifeboat station opened in 1860 and today’s RNLI volunteers operate two inshore lifeboats from Newquay Harbour and are on call 24-hours-a-day to save lives at sea.

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