9:00pm Tuesday 12th July 2011
MINEHEAD lifeboat station is on the look-out for new faces to join its volunteer life-saving crew.
The station will be holding an open day on Sunday, July 24 for would-be recruits to get a flavour of what is involved.
Crew members will be on hand to talk about their work and both the station's boats will be launched.
The hunt for new crew members has been launched following a number of retirements, leaving the station with just 12 fully-trained crewmembers.
RNLI local operations manager Dr John Higgie said: “Ideally we would like to take on six or eight more crew to bring our numbers up to a more comfortable level.
“When you take into account the fact that some of the crew work out of town and factor in things like holidays it means we really are working with the bare minimum.
“The last thing we want to do is to find ourselves called on to launch both our boats to an incident and find we don't have enough crew to do so.
Recruits must be aged 18 or above, should live and work within easy reach of the station, and be prepared to be on call 24 hours a day.
Dr Higgie added: “The vast majority of our rescues are wrapped up within a couple of hours.”
For more information on the RNLI, visit www.rnli.org.uk
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