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Filey RNLI celebrates Tom’s success.

Lifeboats News Release

Filey RNLI is toasting the success of crew member Tom Barkley who has qualified as a Master Mariner 1st Class.

Master Mariner 1st Class. Tom Barkley

RNLI/John Ward

Master Mariner 1st Class. Tom Barkley

Tom is now able to take any merchant vessel of any size anywhere in the world: quite an achievement for someone aged only 36.

Tom joined Filey Lifeboat in 2005. He is currently a navigator on Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, and a helm for the inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund. He also speaks fluent Spanish.

He is the second qualified Master Mariner on the Filey crew: the other being volunteer Coxswain Alex Harrison. Both Tom and Alex are keen, enthusiastic and highly respected crew members who are willing to pass on their extensive knowledge to the younger crew.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “We are all very proud of Tom’s achievements. It has been a fantastic last 12 months of qualifications for Filey Lifeboat Station with the appointment of a full-time Coxswain/Mechanic; two crew passing out as ALB Coxswains and now Tom passing his Master Mariners. The station goes from strength to strength.”

Notes to editors

Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page

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