Lifeboat charity seeking new volunteers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 September 2011

Weston RNLI's two rescue boats

Weston RNLI's two rescue boats

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WESTON RNLI is looking for more volunteers to help save lives at sea.

The Lifeboat Station on Birnbeck Pier is holding a recruitment drive on October 9.

Recruits are needed to help man the boats, launch the lifeboats and prepare them for service between rescues and training drills.

Current crews are expected to go from their warm bed to the rough seas in under 10 minutes – the kind of margins which could make the difference when someone is drowning in the Bristol Channel.

Nationally the RNLI rescued 24 people a day last year. Annually, the charity costs £110million to run, which is why it relies so heavily on volunteers.

Men and women are welcome but all volunteers must be physically fit, enjoy hard work and live in Weston.

They must also be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be prepared to drop everything – whether work, sleep or socialising – to help save lives.

Volunteers must have their employer’s support to leave work when the RNLI pager goes off in the day. But most companies are happy to let volunteers leave to respond to maritime mayday calls.

The RNLI trains every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning to ensure quicker response times in real emergencies.

The open day starts at 10am with a welcome briefing followed by a tour of the station.

To find out more information about Weston go to www.westonrnli.org.uk.

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