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Top cancer surgeon joins Lyme Regis RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

A leading cancer surgeon has joined the volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis.

Ken Lavery, retired surgeon and new member of the Lyme Regis RNLI crew.

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Ken Lavery, new member of the Lyme Regis RNLI crew

Mr Ken Lavery, a retired head and neck surgeon, has joined the Lyme Regis team as a Deputy Launching Authority (DLA).

Mr Lavery, 67, who recently retired as lead surgeon and Medical Director at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, is married to Krys who manages the team of volunteers running the successful RNLI charity shop on the Cobb next to the lifeboat station.

They met at the hospital where Krys was a senior ward sister and have two sons.

Scots-born Mr Lavery is a qualified Yachtmaster and has strong family connections with the RNLI. Both his grandfather and great grandfather were volunteers with the lifeboat at Campbeltown, covering the Mull of Kintyre.

Mr Lavery said:" I am thoroughly enjoying my involvement with the lifeboat crew in Lyme Regis.

"They are clearly a dedicated team, and the camaraderie is very similar to that which I found when I was involved in rugby."

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