RHYL lifeboat are celebrating a wave of new recruits.

Rhyl RNLI ran a recruitment drive for new RNLI volunteer crew members. A high volume of applicants were received. 

All-Weather Lifeboat and Inshore Lifeboat Crew Members include: Asa Wilman a Tech Consultant; Harrison Burns a Banking Advisor; Haydn Wilson an Electrician; Holly Horton a Farmer, who has joined the crew from the Water Safety Team; Jay Price a Kitesurf Instructor; Matt Bennett an Engineer; Mike Billcliff a Windfarm Engineer, and Mike Jones a police officer.

Callum Robinson, who successfully passed out as an RNLI Deputy Coxswain on the Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboat on Thursday, April 25, said: “We were very pleased to see a large number of applications of people wishing to volunteer for the RNLI here at Rhyl. The quality of applicants was also very high making it difficult for us to select people for the roles available.

"With this recent intake of volunteers we hope this will help maintain the stations readiness to save lives at sea 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, future proofing the station for the next three to five years.

"The recruits will now being a rigorous training programme in each role -  training both at the station and at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to prepare them for when the pagers go off."

Ethan Beswick has also joined the team and takes on the role as new volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer.

Others that have been recruited include: Mark Budd, who has moved from crew to being a Launching Authority; Phil Harrison, new Launching Authority; Carol Curtis, new Launching Authority; Amber Dye, new Shore Crew; Terrie Jones, new Shore Crew and Mike Davies, new Shore Crew.

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Callum has been an instrumental member of the crew for the past 17 years and has held the roles of ALB Mechanic, ILB Helm, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer and Lifeboat Social Media Officer.

A spokesperson for Rhyl RNLI said: "The role of coxswain bares a lot of responsibility; being in command of all aspects of the All Weather Lifeboat. While also ensuring the lifeboat is ready for service at any given time, and safeguarding the volunteer crew and those in danger."

Hailing from a lifeboat family, Callum’s father held the role of coxswain in Rhyl from 1996 to 2010.

His mother, Jan, has been fundraising and supporting the station for more than 32 years.