New crew imminent at New Brighton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

New Brighton RNLI were delighted to hear that volunteers Tom and Emily are expecting their first child.

Tom and Emily stand in their dry suits in front of New Brighton RNLI's Atlantic-85 lifeboat. They hold up a small baby grow with a lifejacket image printed on it.

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Tom and Emily Announce their pregnancy

Tom McGinn and Emily Craven, who both serve as volunteer crew with New Brighton on their Atlantic-85 lifeboat, announced recently they were expecting the birth of their first child, this coming January. All at New Brighton RNLI are delighted with this news and wish them all the very best for the future as they embark on this new journey with their family.

The McGinn family have a strong presence on the crew at New Brighton RNLI. Mark McGinn, Tom’s dad, is a current DLA (Deputy Launch Authority) for the station, whilst mum Sharon volunteers in the shop and with the fundraising teams. Ben McGinn, Tom’s brother, is also a volunteer on the boat crew.

Tom and Emily got engaged on the Atlantic-85 lifeboat during an exercise a couple of years ago, so retain a very strong bond with New Brighton RNLI indeed as valued volunteer lifesavers.

Dan Wardle, acting LOM (Lifeboat Operations Manager) said:

‘We are all so thrilled to hear Tom and Emily’s great news. The volunteering that they and their family do for the station is invaluable and is a perfect example of how we are all one crew, from those on the boats saving lives at sea, to those in the shop and across the various teams, to families and those at home who support our crew every day.’

Notes to Editors:

New Brighton RNLI was established in 1863 in the bustling seaside resort of New Brighton, on the north east corner of the Wirral peninsula. They cover the River Mersey and out into the Irish Sea.

The station is home to a B-class Atlantic 85 lifeboat, one of the fastest in the RNLI fleet. The crews at New Brighton have been presented with a remarkable 48 awards for gallantry to date.

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Two lifejackets lie either side of a small baby grow with a print of a life jacket on it. Placed on top is the initial pregnancy scan photo.

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The inventive way Tom and Emily broke the news to the crew
A small baby grow featuring a print of a RNLI lifejacket sits on an admiralty chart. On top is an initial pregnancy scan photo.

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New Brighton RNLI are excited to meet their future crew.

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