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Help Barry Dock RNLI save lives at sea without getting wet

Lifeboats News Release

Barry Dock RNLI is issuing its own call for help as it looks for a new volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer to join the station team.

Barry Dock RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Inner Wheel II


Barry Dock RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Inner Wheel II

Anyone taking up the role will help Barry Dock RNLI’s crew of volunteers save more lives at sea by bringing its lifesaving work to the attention of the public.

The Lifeboat Press Officer will build relationships with local media, keeping the community informed of operational activity by promoting newsworthy rescues and lifeboat station events.

Martin Bowmer, Coxswain at Barry Dock RNLI, said: ‘Just as the RNLI relies on volunteers to crew its lifeboats, we also rely on a network of volunteers nationally to tell the media about what we do, and there is a direct link between promoting our work and raising the funds needed to maintain our 24/7 search and rescue service.

‘You do not have to have had any formal media or communications experience as such, or to have performed a similar role before, you just need to be enthusiastic and willing to learn. The RNLI’s Media Engagement team will provide all the training and support needed, and there will be someone from the RNLI available on the phone 24/7 to provide help and guidance.

‘This a good opportunity to join a motivated and enthusiastic local team and have the satisfaction of contributing to saving lives at sea so if you are interested, or know anyone who might be interested in this role, please don’t hesitate to contact us.’

The volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer role will likely take up between one and five hours a week, depending on operational activity, so can be managed around the right candidate’s own commitments.

Please apply online at For further information about the application process or volunteering with the RNLI contact the RNLI’s Volunteering Team on 01202 663346 or or for more information on the role or Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat station contact RNLI Regional Media Officer Chris Cousens on 07748 265496 or

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The attached picture shows Barry Dock RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Inner Wheel II. Credit RNLI

For more information please contact RNLI Regional Media Officer Chris Cousens on 07748 265496 or

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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