New coxswain is appointedin Seahouses
Seahouses man Craig Pringle has taken up his new post as full-time lifeboat coxswain/mechanic at Seahouses lifeboat station.
For many years, Craig was a skipper on one of the passenger vessels which take visitors to the Farne Islands so has extensive knowledge of the coastline.
Although he only recently joined the crew as a volunteer, when the post was advertised for a full time coxswain/mechanic, he decided to apply.
Station operations manager Ian Clayton said: “The calibre of applicants was very high, making the selection process a complex one. However, Craig was identified as the best suited and qualified candidate. His appointment is a very popular one, both with the crew and the local community. We are delighted to see him now in post.
“He is training alongside a fleet staff coxswain, and will be attending a number of courses at the Lifeboat College at RNLI Headquarters, Poole, to fully equip him with the necessary skills and expertise for the job.
“The station has been without a full-time coxswain since the retirement of the previous coxswain in March last year, placing pressure on our volunteer coxswains. With a new all-weather Shannon class lifeboat arriving on station next year, Craig will have a lot of work ahead, but the station is confident he is more than capable of meeting the challenge.”
The station is still recruiting lifeboat and shore crew. Anyone interested should contact the station for further information.