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Volunteers Wanted At Scarborough RNLI

Volunteers Wanted At Scarborough RNLI

Published by Karen Liu at 12:22pm 20th February 2020.

Scarborough RNLI is looking more volunteers to join its in-shore lifeboat and shore crew.

The ILB is the work-horse of the RNLI, with 25 knots of speed and capable of going to sea for up to three hours at maximum speed.

It is used to search the shoreline, work with search-and-rescue helicopters and recover casualties from awkward locations.

This vessel is especially good in the shore break. The ILB carries four crew including a helm. All are trained to a high standard in first aid and can administer certain drugs and oxygen.

The land-based roles of shore crew and tractor driver are an integral part of the operational side of the station.

They make sure that the inshore and all-weather lifeboats are launched and recovered safely and swiftly, using the Tool Track for the ILB and the Shannon launch-and-recovery system (SLARS), an articulated tracked vehicle, for the ALB.

The computerised SLARS raises and lowers parts of the carriage during the launch and recovery processes. A UK driving licence is needed.

Lee Marton, Coxswain of Scarborough RNLI, said:

"I think the main important skill is being able to work in a team.

There are 50 people on the station who are all volunteers, who are all dedicated to what they do and give a lot of time.

The ILB has around 40 shouts a year and it does a great job."

If you are under 65 (shore crew) or 55 (ILB), have spare time on your hands, live and work locally and feel up to a challenge, please write a short CV and drop it off at the lifeboat station or email it to


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