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Bangor RNLI lifeboat crew advance after training success

Lifeboats News Release

Three volunteer lifeboat crewmembers have been celebrating after their hard work in undertaking further training in their lifeboat roles has paid off.

Gavin Mitchell has been passed out to Helm the lifeboat on future calls, while Dave Beale and Richard McClinton have progressed from trainees to full volunteer crew members.

Peter Semple, Bangor RNLI's Lifeboat Training Coordinator, said 'I am extremely proud of their achievements.  The RNLI sets incredibly high training standards, and these three volunteers have demonstrated their dedication to the RNLI, and all those at risk in the sea.  The training is carried out in the own time, and those who pass have demonstrated that they have the theory and practical skills to deal with whatever is asked of them.'

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