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New inshore lifeboat helm for Whitby RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer Josh Jones has completed his final assessment and can now take command of the inshore lifeboat.

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Josh Jones, new inshore lifeboat helm in Whitby.
Josh Jones, 33, joined Whitby RNLI back in 2017 and is a volunteer on both the all-weather lifeboat George and Mary Webb, and the D class inshore lifeboat.

The D class inshore lifeboat is highly manoeuvrable and operates closer to shore than the all-weather lifeboats. It is an inflatable boat that comes into its own for rescues in the surf, shallow water and confined locations.

Josh has been undergoing a training plan to pass out as helm, which takes around two years and ends with a final assessment from an external assessor.

As well as his volunteer role at Whitby RNLI Josh has a busy home life with two young sons and another on the way, and he works with looked after children at a nearby school.

Josh said: 'Thank you to the crew at Whitby who have supported me with my training and passed on their knowledge and experience. I am looking forward to what the role of helm might bring.'

Whitby RNLI Coxswain Howard Fields said: 'Myself and the crew would like to congratulate Josh, the hard work has paid off.'

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

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Josh Jones, new inshore lifeboat helm in Whitby.

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