RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

03/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/14/2019 11:41

Trawlerman nets a key role with Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew

A former trawlerman and volunteer lifeguard on the Essex coast has joined the crew of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis.

Simon Peters, 57, has become a DLA-Deputy Launching Authority-and joins the volunteer management team at the lifeboat station on The Cobb.

Simon, a former dental technician, university law graduate and insolvency administrator, later became a fisherman starting on a netting boat at Newhaven and then joining stern trawlers and a commercial charter boat.

He spent 18 years as a volunteer lifeguard at Canvey Island, Essex, and said:'I have always enjoyed volunteering and joining the Lyme Regis lifeboat when I moved to Charmouth seemed like a natural progression.'

Nick Marks, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lyme Regis, said:'I am delighted to welcome Simon aboard. He has a very strong maritime background and will doubtless be an asset to an already experienced team.'

Simon, who gained his skipper's 'ticket' at the Fishing College on The Cobb in Lyme Regis, has two grown-up daughters and a grandson.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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