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Wells Lifeboat Coxswain Nicky King to feature in upcoming episode of 200 Voices

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) new 200 Voices podcast launched on Friday 18 August 2023 and, in the run-up to the charity’s bicentenary on 4 March 2024, an episode will be released every day for 200 days,

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RNLI Coxswain Nicky King

These will explore captivating stories from the charity’s history, through to the current day.

This month, Nicky King from Wells RNLI Lifeboat Station will be telling listeners about his time as Coxswain and why Wells RNLI is set to saves lives at sea well into the future. Nicky recalls his time on Wells RNLI's previous lifeboats and his in depth account of one of his most memorable call outs to a local fishing vessel with friends of his onboard.

The charity has been saving lives at sea since it was founded in 1824 and, in that time, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 144,000 lives. Funded by voluntary donations, and with lifeboats crewed by specially-trained volunteers, the RNLI is a truly unique rescue organisation with a remarkable 200-year story to tell – many highlights of which are shared through the podcast series.

Available across all podcast platforms and the RNLI’s website, listeners can hear from survivors, supporters, volunteers, lifeguards, celebrity ambassadors, historians and many more from across the UK and Ireland – and beyond.

The 200 Voices series also includes celebrity ambassadors such as The Sixth Commandment actor Timothy Spall, Gavin and Stacey actress Ruth Jones, Irish musician Phil Coulter, gold medal Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie and BAFTA-winning actress Joanna Scanlan.

RNLI Strategic Content Manager, Rory Stamp said: ‘We knew we had to do something really special to mark the RNLI’s 200th anniversary, which is such a monumental milestone.

‘200 Voices is an incredible collection of stories that are emotive, powerful, inspiring and heart-warming. The series gives us a chance to hear from a whole variety of amazing people who have played a part in or been touched by our lifesaving charity.

‘200 Voices is the first in a programme of activity planned to mark the RNLI’s bicentenary as we celebrate the world-class lifesaving service we provide today, remember our remarkable history and aim to inspire the future generations of lifesavers and supporters as we move through into the next 200 years.’

Launch into a podcast like no other: Listen to the RNLI’s 200 Voices daily wherever you get your podcasts or at

To find out more about the RNLI’s bicentenary, visit

Notes to Editor:

• An audio trailer for 200 Voices can be downloaded hereand the video trailer here.
• Find out more about the RNLI’s bicentenary at
• Wells RNLI shop has a wide selection of 200th anniversary souvenirs available to be purchased.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Jessica Curtis, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07860200790 or [email protected] or Clare Hopps Regional Media officer (North and East0 on 07824518641 [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

Portrait photography of Coxswain Nicky King Wells RNLI

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Coxswain Nicky King Wells RNLI
200th anniversary merchandise at Wells RNLI Shop

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RNLI 200th Anniversary Merchandise
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Key facts about the RNLI

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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