New Year challenges for lifeboat crew

Mark Colley, flanked by colleagues John Cable (left) and Jon Broome, will step down from the sea-going crew having turned 55 (photo by Seb Cope)

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 stepped down from the lifeboat crew after 15 years having moved to Bridport (photo by Seb Cope)

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.

Pete Cable (second from left), leaving to join the Royal Navy, pictured with crew colleagues Tom Crabbe, Seb Cope and Mark Ellis (photo by Richard Horobin)


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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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