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Longhope RNLI welcomes three new qualified crew members

Lifeboats News Release

Longhope RNLI is delighted to welcome and thank three new volunteer crew members: Richard Shipley-Gordon, Tom Whitehead and Ryan Urquhart.

Mary Harris

Richard Shipley-Gordon, Tom Whitehead and Ryan Urquhart pictured in their RNLI crew gear.

Over the last few months, the new volunteer crew members have put in a huge amount of commitment, time and effort to complete their crew development plan, and become qualified crew members.

The individuals are now fully fledged, volunteer crew members at Longhope RNLI Lifeboat Station and have become part of the integral team dedicated to saving lives at sea.

A spokesperson for the station says: ‘For such a small island community, this is a fantastic result. We’d like to say a massive thank you to Richard, Tom and Ryan for joining us here at Longhope RNLI to help us save lives at sea.’

97% of RNLI frontline lifesavers are volunteers, including over 5,700 volunteer lifeboat crew members at stations around the UK and Ireland. Only 1 in 10 lifeboat crew members has a professional maritime experience and that’s where crew training comes in. The RNLI provides crew members with first-class training, equipment, guidance and support.

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Notes to editors

· Longhope lifeboat station has been operating since 1874. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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