Now lifeboat artist Maria joins the crew

Maria BarbashinaA PROFESSIONAL artist currently painting portraits of Lyme Regis lifeboat crew has decided she wants to see even more of them… by becoming a crew member herself.

Maria Barbashina, 38, was officially enrolled as a member of the shore crew at this week’s training session, when she was presented with her RNLI pager.

Maria, who has been working on more than 20 portraits of the volunteer crew members, said: “Everyone at the lifeboat station has been very welcoming and I am looking forward to my volunteer role.

“I believe the RNLI is very important, and I like adventure and I enjoy being part of a team.”

Maria’s ambition is to be a sea-going crew member after her spell of shore duties.

When she lived in Russia she sailed six-metre racing boats and helped to crew replica vessels, including tall ships, in her home town where shipbuilding was a major industry.

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks said “We are very pleased to welcome Maria as part of the lifeboat crew.

“She joins at a time when we are starting to rebuild our full life-saving capability after many months of reduced training due to COVID restrictions.

“The fact that she lives and works within a few minutes of the lifeboat station is ideal and means she can respond quickly when her new RNLI pager goes off.”

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