Plea for new lifeboat volunteers

Martin Jaggs, from RNLI Lytham St Annes
Martin Jaggs, from RNLI Lytham St Annes

Lytham and St Annes Lifeboat crews are looking to recruit new trainees to join them on both the inshore and all-weather Lifeboats.

Around 40 crew work at Lytham and St Annes RNLI stations, but the charity is hoping to take on at least another six new volunteers.

Coxswain Martin Jaggs said several members have had to leave the team after moving away, and hoped recruits could boost numbers.

He added: “Normally we recruit using posters in the shops, but it has only found us one member.

“Maybe people have thought about it in the past but aren’t sure, now they can give it a go. We also have a few older crew members and want a few younger recruits if possible.”

Martin said crew members need to be aged over 17, be fit and healthy, and live and work within five minutes travelling time of either the Lytham or St Annes boathouses.

He added: “Obviously, the training does take time and the recruit would be expected to commit to a number of hours each month. Normally this can done when the crew meet up on Thursday evenings, and the occasional Sunday morning.

“Anybody joining would need to make sure that their employer is happy that they might have to dash off when the pagers go, but on the plus side they will be gaining an employee who will be acquiring a sense of responsibility and self-confidence”.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andrew Fallow, said the sense of unity among members is important to crews.

He added: “There is one more thing which the partners and family of a likely candidate should know about, the concept of ‘Lifeboat Time’. This often happens when the crew meet up. They say they will be back at a certain time and then arrive several hours later. It’s a strange phenomena which often seems to occur.”

If you would like to join the crew please contact Andrew on 07974 180926 or call Martin Jaggs at the St Annes boathouse on (01253) 714900 for more information.