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Coxswain steps down after six years at helm

Fleetwood lifeboat's new coxswain Gary Randles and Paul Ashworth who has stepped down from the leading role

Fleetwood lifeboat's new coxswain Gary Randles and Paul Ashworth who has stepped down from the leading role

Fleetwood Lifeboat coxswain has stepped down from his role.

Paul Ashworth has been at the helm for six -and-a-half years, steering the life-saving crew on rescues off Fleetwood and out into Morecambe Bay.

His final day was Sunday.

Gary Randles, the current second coxswain, will now take over the role.

Fleetwood man Gary, who has been a crew member for nearly 24 years, is looking forward to the job and the 
demands it will bring.

Paul will not be leaving the crew but will be taking over Gary’s role so, in effect, the two will be changing places.

Paul said: “I have enjoyed my time at the helm and have been lucky and privileged to be with such a dedicated crew.”

Fleetwood RNLI is currently waiting to get its own demo inshore lifeboat.

It will be used mainly for fund-raising activities, including opportunities to visit local schools and fetes.

The demo boat will also feature in the Lifeboat Pull in the summer, as well as Tram Sunday and local carnivals.

 
 
 

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