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Former Whitby RNLI lifeguard qualifies as inshore lifeboat helm

Lifeboats News Release

Adam Wright 31, who a volunteer with the RNLI recently passed his helm assessment.

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RNLI Volunteer Adam Wright who has recently qualified as helm on the inshore lifeboat.

Alongside preparing for the station’s new Shannon Class lifeboat to arrive, Adam has been training hard to learn all the necessary skills for becoming a helm of the D class lifeboat.

Adam who now works in mine rescue, was a lifeguard for 10 years in Whitby before joining Whitby Lifeboat crew as a volunteer.

He was assessed by an external assessor with both a theory test and a practical exam which involves taking the inshore lifeboat out in a mode-up scenario.

Adam can now take command of the inshore lifeboat on rescues.

He said: ‘The main kind of call outs we get on the inshore lifeboat are to people cut off by the tide. But every shout is different and when the pager goes you don’t know what it’s going to be.’

Whitby RNLI Coxswain Howard Fields said: 'On behalf of the whole crew, congratulations on passing out as helm and thank you for your time and dedication.'

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]

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RNLI Volunteer Adam Wright who has recently qualified as helm on the inshore lifeboat.

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