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Three generations work for RNLI

Bobby Mole and Chris Nugent with their fathers and grandfathers
The 30-strong Tynemouth crew relies on the support of the public

Two teenagers have followed in their fathers' and grandfathers' footsteps to become volunteer recruits at the Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station.

Bobby Mole, 17, is the third generation of Moles to volunteer following his father Kevin and grandfather Douggie.

Chris Nugent, also 17, followed his dad Michael and grandfather Geoff, all of whom still serve.

Bobby Mole attended his first callout in December rescuing three fishermen off Newbiggin-By-The-Sea.

Family tradition

The teenager, who was christened on the lifeboat said: "It was hard when my pager went off at 6am but it was worth it when we got a good outcome.

"I'm really proud to be following a family tradition."

Kevin Mole, who like his father Douggie is a mechanic, said: "When my dad started it was in the old Liverpool class boats that still had sails.

"They had engines but also a sail and oars and would have reached no more than about six or seven knots, and that was downhill with the wind behind you.

"We've progressed on to boats which cost 2m and do 25 knots, with a much better communication system."

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