Lifeboat station looking for two new volunteers

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TWO new volunteers are needed to help run the lifeboat station in Lyme Regis.

The vacancies are for deputy launching authorities (DLAs), who are members of the management team of the station and who authorise the launch of the lifeboat when an emergency call comes in.

Lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks is looking for male or female volunteers who live within10 minutes of the harbour.

He said: “Ideally, we need people with some maritime experience with an understanding of tides and coastal issues. But there’s plenty of training, including a week-long course at RNLI headquarters in Poole.”

DLAs provide cover four days at a time on a rota. When a request to launch the lifeboat is received by a DLA, he or she is then in charge at the station.

Mr Marks added: “There’s a good team spirit at the station and plenty of social events. Obviously we are all volunteers, so instead of being paid we get a free pager for alerts and a free pair of yellow wellies!”

DLAs are regarded as members of the crew and are expected to attend training sessions which are held twice a month.

Anyone interested in joining the crew as a DLA should contact the station by emailing Lyme-Regis@rnli.org.uk or call 01297 442230 and leave a message or call Nick Marks directly on 07568 187 582.

Lyme Regis editor & Colyton reporter | Francesca gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University before joining the paper full-time in 2011. She is now editor of the Lyme Regis edition, as well as a sub-editor on the East Devon and South Somerset editions, and reporter for Colyton.

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