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Humber RNLI Station Mechanic appointed new role with RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Liam Dunnett, Station Mechanic at Humber RNLI is leaving the station to take up a new appointment with the charity as Coxswain / Afloat Mechanic on 21 September.

Station Mechanic Liam Dunnett standing on the bow of the lifeboat with crew stood behind him


Liam Dunnett and Humber Crew aboard the relief lifeboat RNLB Roger and Joy Freeman

The RNLI’s new role of Coxswain / Afloat Mechanic is to support all-weather lifeboat stations around the UK and Republic of Ireland with short term cover, when the station’s Coxswains or Mechanics are away on leave, or training.

Liam, who is also a volunteer crewmember at Hartlepool RNLI started providing relief crew cover at Humber RNLI in 2012, and in March 2016 was appointed as full time assistant mechanic / crew. Three years later in 2019, Liam was appointed as one of two station mechanics, and just over 18 months later qualified as a coxswain.

Liam said: ‘I am very much looking forward to this new role and working with crews from all around the UK and Republic of Ireland. I hold very dear memories surrounding Humber Lifeboat, I have had the chance to meet and work with so many amazing people and develop myself both personally and professionally. Honestly, the crews I have been lucky to work alongside have never failed to impress, the passion, drive and dedication shown is second to none.

'I have been very humbled to receive the trust and commitment shown to me when I have had the pleasure to command the Humber Lifeboat as coxswain, having such a skilled crew around you makes the command role a real joy to take up.

A real sense of family exists at Humber RNLI, and it’s this community that I will miss the most.'

Station Manager Mark Branton said: ‘Liam will be greatly missed at Humber RNLI as he is a great asset in his roles at the station, however this is a fantastic opportunity for Liam and we all wish him the very best in his new role, and no doubt we will see him again at Humber providing relief cover.'

Notes to editors

Established at Spurn Point in 1810, Humber is the only lifeboat station with a full time crew and it has carried out some outstanding rescues during its 213 year history.

Issues impacting Spurn Point including ageing infrastructure, meant it was no longer commercially viable – or the best use of public donations – or safe for the RNLI to operate from this remote location. Therefore in February 2023 Humber RNLI relocated to Grimsby to continue providing a highly professional lifesaving response.

Plans are being developed to create a permanent lifesaving facility at Grimsby and to include the ability to help develop and train crews from around the UK and Republic of Ireland because of the variety of experience they can offer other crews.

RNLI media contacts

Mike Brenchley, Humber Lifeboat Press Officer, 07825 040 991

[email protected]

Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer, 07824 518 641

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RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789.

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