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RNLI launches recruitment drive

26 August 08 12:01 GMT

One of the oldest lifeboat stations in Wales is urging people to throw it a lifeline as it launches a drive for new recruits.

The RNLI station at Poppet Sands, near Cardigan, is on the hunt for volunteers to help with rescues and office work.

Three lifeboat crew members are needed along with an operations manager and people to help launch Poppet Sands' two boats.

A station spokesman said the new recruits would receive proper training.

Poppet Sands was opened in 1849 and launches its boats about 35 times a year.

Bob Reynolds, Cardigan RNLI deputy launching authority, urged volunteers to join the RNLI.

'Potentially dangerous'

"Three of our crew members are leaving later this year," said Mr Reynolds.

"Two are joining the Royal Navy so we need crew volunteers, but the station also needs an operations manager who essentially runs the station.

"We also need launchers who help launch the lifeboats during emergencies."

Mr Reynolds said all new recruits would receive training at the RNLI's base in Poole in Dorset.

"Rescuing people in potentially dangerous situations is all about giving something back to the community. The work can be enjoyable too," he added.

"But finding volunteers in smaller places like Poppet Sands can be a problem."

Anyone wishing to sign up as a volunteer can either visit the station on a Wednesday evening between 1800 and 2000 BST or Sunday between 1000 and 1200 BST.

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