Weston RNLI recruitment day a success

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 October 2011

Weston RNLI with potential recruits

Weston RNLI with potential recruits

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WESTON RNLI's recruitment drive on Sunday saw potential recruits touring the station on Birnbeck Pier.

The lifeboat charity relies on volunteers willing to drop everything when their buzzer goes off at any time, day or night, to help save lives at sea.

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

RNLI spokesman Glyn Hayes said: “Being a volunteer is quite a commitment so we wanted them to be aware of what is involved and go away and think about it.

“Considering the weather over the weekend they had to be quite interested just to come down.”

He said that people who want to join are always welcome to get in touch but that the recruitment is very selective because of the demands of being on call 24/7.

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.

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