THREE members of Lyme Regis lifeboat crew have made New Year role changes after serving as volunteers for almost a total of four decades.
Self-employed carpenter Mark Colley has retired as a helm on reaching the sea-going age limit of 55 in December and after serving for 20 years. He plans to continue as shore crew and to assist with training new recruits.
Mark Gage has reluctantly left the crew after moving home to Bridport. In 15 years he served as shore crew, boat crew and boat and tractor mechanic.
Mark, who works an energy and environment manager for the Brend Hotel Group, said: “It has been an honour and privilege to volunteer with the Lyme Regis RNLI crew and I leave with a heavy heart.”
Pete Cable,24, joined the crew at 17. He left to go to university, returned and has now left again to join the Royal Navy where he plans to train to become a Weapons Engineer Officer. Pete, whose father John Cable is also a long-serving member of the crew, hopes to assist as shore crew with Lyme Regis RNLI during leave from the Navy.