Newhaven RNLI calls for new volunteers on a new boat Brighton News

The RNLI is calling for new volunteers after adding a new boat to its fleet.

Newhaven RNLI is testing a new inshore lifeboat alongside its current all-weather lifeboat.

The trial of the new boat will last two years and will allow crews to respond “more effectively” to certain incidents due to its reduced size.

The call for volunteers at West Quay base, Newhaven is open to all.

But one requirement is that people must be close to the rescue station, no further than about an eight-minute drive away.

The Argus: RNLI training exercise.  RNLI/NewhavenRNLI training exercise. RNLI/Newhaven

Volunteer Crew and Trainee Coxswain John Simcock said: “Ultimately we aim to provide the most efficient service possible to our community and save more lives at sea.

“The additional ILB will serve incoming task calls that could be handled more efficiently by a smaller lifeboat.

“Among the many personal benefits I have found since joining the crew, one of the most obvious is the training we have been given, which has changed my life by broadening my skills.”

The Argus: Newhaven RNLI is recruiting more volunteers.  RNLI/NewhavenNewhaven RNLI is recruiting more volunteers. RNLI/Newhaven

Volunteers receive “world-class training” at their station, as well as at the RNLI College in Poole.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome, with anyone aged 18 and over being allowed to apply and people up to the age of 65 as well.

Andy Bull, volunteer crew and mechanic, said: “The operation of a second, smaller lifeboat is great news for our station. Maintaining the two lifeboats in Newhaven will help us respond more effectively to the specific nature of each scream.

The Argus: Coastal lifeboat is tested alongside its all-weather lifeboat, picturedAn inshore lifeboat is tested alongside its all-weather lifeboat, pictured

“It is not uncommon for us to be called to an area where the water is shallower, for example to respond to people cut off by the tide, while enjoying our beautiful coastline.

“Within 8 minutes is the time we ask the crew to be able to get to the station for the launch when the pagers go off.

“This significantly reduces our catchment area for new crew, however people may not be aware that lifeboat crew do not need to have any sea experience to volunteer. Necessary training will be provided.

John added: “Teaming up for the lifeboat is undeniably a commitment, however, it is a life full of surprises and new experiences that we face as a team together. It is extremely rewarding and I am very proud to be part of this essential work that saves lives.

For more information, visit the RNLI website.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-07 10:39:34

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