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‘We’ve all got a place on the boat’: #WomenInSAR podcast

Listen to an exclusive International Women’s Day podcast, in conversation with two RNLI lifeboat volunteers.

Photo on female crew on an RNLI inshore lifeboat moving through the sea at speed.

In this very special podcast episode for International Women’s Day, two RNLI crew members share their personal experiences and individual perspectives about what it’s like to be a woman volunteering and working in search and rescue in 2023.

Becs Miller from Dunbar Lifeboat Station and Anna Heslop from Cullercoats Lifeboat Station discuss everything from how they got involved with the RNLI, to their feelings about that viral TikTok video and how coming together with fellow women creates a strong and inspiring sisterhood.

‘Never feel like you’re alone. You might be the only woman on a station (and I’ve been there, I know it can be difficult) but reach out. We’re here. Be proud of what you’re doing.’

Anna Heslop, Helm, Cullercoats Lifeboat Station

Dive into their honest and empowering conversation below, or you can also find it over on the RNLI YouTube channel.

Whether you’re on a woman onboard a lifeboat, patrolling on the beach or building our lifesaving fleet, we’d love to hear your stories too. Help keep the conversation going, by emailing the Internal Communications Team if you’d like to be involved in a future podcast episode, celebrating #WomenInSAR.

We really hope you enjoy the podcast, with special thanks to Becs and Anna who so generously shared their personal experiences. Let us know what you think by sharing your thoughts in the RNLI Volunteer Facebook Group, and we also have a new RNLI #WomenInSAR Facebook Group as a place for women volunteering and working across the RNLI to come together.