Father and son volunteer on lifeboat crew together

Father and son Mark and Sam Ellis are both volunteering on Lyme Regis lifeboat crew

A 35-year-old paramedic this week qualified as the latest volunteer member of the sea-going crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat.

And on the same day his 17-year-old son joined the crew and went to sea in the lifeboat for the first time.

Mark Ellis, from Uplyme, has been a crew member for two years and has now passed the final part of his sea-going training.

His son Sam turned 17 last month, the youngest age at which a new member can join.

Sam, a sixth form student at Axe Valley Academy, said after his first training session afloat: “I just loved it!”

Dad Mark, a paramedic with South West Ambulance, added: “I am delighted and relieved to have got through training and very pleased for Sam who has been nagging me to join the crew at the first opportunity when he became 17. And that was only last month!”

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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