Two new Lifeboat Operations Managers for Mudeford RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteers, Tim Hewett and Steve Doe have been appointed the new Lifeboat Operations Managers (LOMs) for Mudeford RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Mudeford RNLI’s new volunteer Lifeboat Operations Managers (L to R) Tim Hewett and Steve Doe

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Mudeford RNLI’s new volunteer Lifeboat Operations Managers (L to R) Tim Hewett and Steve Doe

Tim and Steve took over joint responsibility for the running of Mudeford RNLI Lifeboat Station at the end of August this year. As joint LOMs Tim and Steve are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the station and lifeboat operations including crew management, recruitment and training.

They both bring a wealth of experience to the role. A keen sailor, Steve joined the RNLI 25 years ago on 1 January 1998. Originally part of the shore crew, Steve has undertaken a variety of roles during his time with the station, including chief tractor driver and mechanic. He was also the station’s first Training Coordinator before becoming a Launch Authority overseeing rescue operations.

On his appointment as LOM, Steve commented, ‘I am very proud of Mudeford Lifeboat Station and our dedicated crew who demonstrate again and again such commitment and professionalism. Tim and I are looking forward to working closely with them to ensure the station is the best it can be and continues to fulfil its vital role, saving lives at sea.’

Tim joined Mudeford RNLI in April 2022 having just moved to the area. He jumped at the chance to join the organisation he has always been passionate about and within a few months had qualified as a Launch Authority. Like Steve, Tim has been a keen boating enthusiast all his life and likes to spend his free time, out on the water (or under it, as a keen diver!)

Tim added, ‘Steve and I are very much aligned in our priorities and ambitions for the station. Supporting our amazing volunteer crew is a key priority with a strong focus on training to keep everyone safe when we go to the aid of people in difficulty on the water.

‘As we reach the 200th Anniversary of the RNLI next year, we also want to recognise our family of RNLI fundraisers and supporters, who give so generously of their time to raise the funds needed to keep the station running. Without them we would not be able to provide the essential services that help keep people safe and save lives.'

The Mudeford Servant lifeboat has been called out 75 times this year, more than the whole of 2022 when the station had 65 shouts.

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