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Second pass out for RNLI Port Talbot volunteer Gareth Kehoe

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI crew member Gareth Kehoe enjoys volunteering so much he has passed out as competent crew at two lifeboat stations, RNLI Porthcawl and RNLI Port Talbot.

LTC Paul Skinner congratulates Gareth Kehoe for passing out a second time

RNLI/Ceri Jeffreys

RNLI Port Talbot crew passes out for the second time

Today (Sunday 26 March) saw Gareth pass his final crew units having already passed his shore crew plan in record time, he was congratulated by RNLI Port Talbot's Lifeboat Training Coordinator Paul Skinner.

Gareth stated, “I finished at RNLI Porthcawl late 2011 when my wife Leanne was pregnant with Holly having started about five years before that. I love volunteering so much. I then started with RNLI Port Talbot around seven months ago having moved to the area. I passed out in one day as shore crew, then it took me another six months to become competent crew. This time round Leanne decided she didn't want to be left out and also now volunteers as shore crew with the ultimate aim of joining crew as RNLI potentially first married crew.'

Clive Morris Lifeboat Operations Manager stated, “Crew member Gareth Kehoe is no stranger to the RNLI. Many years ago he was a member of Porthcawl Lifeboat Station. Having left the RNLI he wanted to volunteer again but this time at Port Talbot.

In the time Gareth has been with Port Talbot he has passed out shore crew, however today he passed out on his crew plan making him fully qualified lifeboat crew member.

It’s hard enough doing the work once but to complete it twice just shows the dedication of Gareth. We are all proud of his achievement”.

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