Burnham-on-Sea RNLI receives a visit from Mark Dowie
This morning, 20 July, Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers were delighted to receive a low profile visit from Mark Dowie, Chief Executive of the RNLI.
Mark was introduced to Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers, some of whom were attending the last day of a regular casualty care course at the lifeboat station (All operations RNLI volunteers are kept up to date with regular training).
Mark talked with station management, volunteers and even popped down the High Street to take in a visit to our popular lifeboat shop.
Burnham Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Davies said of the visit; ‘It was great to welcome Mark Dowie RNLI Chief executive at the Lifeboat station. Mark took a tour of the station and the charity’s shop located in the town's High street before visiting the launch site at the jetty. Mark was introduced to lifeboat crew, lifeguards and some of the management team.
He was pleased to have finally been able to visit Burnham, commenting on the clean and tidy station, well maintained equipment and how well the lifeboats and lifeguards interacted together. He also spent time talking to the crew already at the station completing the final day of their casualty care course.
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Mark Dowie (CEO), Phil Counsell (Burnham DLA), Mark Smith (Burnham DLA and Training coordinator), Station Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Davies
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Mark Dowie poses with RNLI volunteers at Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station. Mark is 4th from the left in the front row
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Mark Dowie talks with RNLI volunteers
RNLI Lifeboats at Burnham-on-Sea
A 8.5m Atlantic 85 named Doris Day and Brian plus a smaller 4.95m D class IB1 inflatable named Burnham Reach The station was opened officially on 15th May 2004, but has been operational since December 2003
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