Meet our crew

We’d like to introduce you to a few of our trainee lifesavers. Some of them will be sharing their training updates over the next few months.

Providing first-class training to our crews is vitally important. It’s what turns ordinary people into extraordinary volunteers. That’s why we’re asking for your help, so that when our crews go out on a shout they can do their job properly and get home to their families safely.

To show you how you could help train a lifesaver, we’ll be sharing updates from some of our new recruits. Scroll down and get to know our brilliant trainees - or check out the latest launches to see if there’s been a rescue near you.

About Jimmy
RNLI Arranmore Coxswain Jimmy Early
Jimmy's story
Jimmy Early, full-time coxswain on our powerful Severn class all-weather lifeboat, was just 17 when he set foot on Arranmore lifeboat for the first time. He’s worked his way up, first becoming lifeboat mechanic then assistant coxswain. He became station coxswain in 2016 after 40 years with the RNLI.
About Jimmy
About John
RNLI Minehead Helm Dr John Higgie
John's story
Dr John Higgie is a Minehead GP and also a volunteer at the town’s lifeboat station, where he’s been involved for the last 30 years.
About John
About Phil
RNLI Minehead Helm Phil Sanderson
Phil's story
Phil Sanderson helms both of Minehead’s inshore lifeboats. When he’s not at the lifeboat station or on a shout, you’ll find him in the control room at Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station.
About Phil
About Tony
RNLI Arranmore Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony Ward
Tony's story
Volunteer Tony Ward is one of the most experienced volunteers at Arranmore Lifeboat Station, where he’s been a constant presence for the last 40 years.
About Tony
about pete
Coxswain Pete Davies
Pete’s story
Barmouth is where self-employed builder Pete Davies calls home. When he’s not renovating old houses or installing bathrooms and kitchens, you’ll find him down at his local lifeboat station.
about pete
about eoin
Helm Eoin Bird
Eoin’s story
Lifeboat Helm Eoin Bird grew up listening to stories about the tragedy of the Helen Blake lifeboat. A descendant of the crew of the Helen Blake, Eoin feels a deep-rooted connection to the RNLI.
about eoin
about chris
Lifeguard Chris Hoggett
Chris’s story
When pool lifeguard Chris Hoggett spotted RNLI lifeguards training at his local swimming pool, he knew that was what he wanted to do. Three years on and Chris is relishing life on the beach.
about chris
about csilla
Shore Crew Member Csilla Trungel
Csilla’s story
While RNLI lifeboat crews drop everything to go out on a rescue, the people who launch their boats are every bit as important. Introducing Csilla – Shore Crew Member at Kilrush Lifeboat Station in County Clare.
about csilla
About Sam
Ilfracombe trainee Crew Member Sam Burbidge
Sam's story
Sam Burbidge, a self-confessed landlubber is a trainee crew member from Ilfracombe. Taxi driver by day, Sam and his fiancée have two young children (2 years and 9 months old) who keep them both fully occupied when not at work. Or so you’d think.
About Sam
About Alex
RNLI trainee crew member Alex Hobbs
Alex's story
Alex Hobbs, a trainee crew member from Howth, is a family man with a community spirit and a thirst for adventure. He's already balancing the demands of a 12 hour-a-day job, with his roles as husband and father to his 4-year-old daughter.
About Alex
About Rachel
Trainee Crew Member, Rachel McHugh, from Lough Ree
Rachel's story
Lifeboat trainee Rachel McHugh from Lough Ree is no stranger to dealing with emergencies. As a former police officer who retrained as a paramedic, answering 999 calls has been part of Rachel’s working day for many years. However, learning the ropes at Lough Ree Lifeboat Station is something entirely new.
About Rachel
About Dean
Dean Izzard from Torbay Lifeboat Station
Dean's story
Painter and decorator Dean Izzard is a trainee crew member at Torbay Lifeboat Station. After childhood visits to his grandparents in Torbay left a lasting impression, Dean decided to move there with his family 5 years ago.
About Dean