Blyth RNLI looking for more volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

New volunteers are being sought to help save lives at sea. Blyth RNLI is looking for new volunteer inshore lifeboat crew.

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Blyth RNLI boat hall with its D class inshore lifeboat

Blyth RNLI will shortly be holding two recruitment days. The first on,Wednesday 15th March 7pm to 9pm and the second on Saturday 18th March between 10am and 4pm. Both with be held at Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Station, Quay Road, Blyth NE24 3PA.

The charity is hoping to attract people from all walks of life to become part of the station.

Would you like to become a volunteer crew member at Blyth RNLI ?

Our crew members need to:

-be over 18

-be under 55 years old (inshore lifeboat crew) or 65 (all-weather lifeboat crew)

-complete a health assessment, including an eyesight test

-be physically fit

-live and/or work close to a lifeboat station

-pass a probationary period that usually lasts for 1 year

-be a team player

-enjoy hard physical work

-get on well with other people

-communicate easily

-follow direction when required to.

The RNLI provides world class training and turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering, people gain great experience, knowledge, and skills.

Steven Fitch, Volunteer Helm at Blyth RNLI, said: 'Volunteering with us gives people the opportunity to make a real difference in their local community, to save lives and become part of the larger RNLI family.'

'We can’t keep people safe without the support of our wonderful volunteers, who truly make a difference every day no matter which role they are fulfilling.'

'Becoming a volunteer at Blyth RNLI is a great chance to play a crucial part in helping to save lives.'

'We’re looking for enthusiastic people that don’t need to have sea-going experience – anyone interested in finding out more should come along to our recruitment events.'

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 or [email protected] or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer (North and East) on 07824 518641 or [email protected] contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 33

RNLI/Robin Palmer

RNLI/Robin Palmer

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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