AN aqua therapist, a primary school teacher and an IT company boss have all celebrated the New Year by becoming the latest volunteer recruits at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis.
Joe Street, 42, a mother of three, runs aqua therapy sessions in Axminster. She joins her husband Brian on the crew, who has served as a volunteer for 24 years.
She said: “I have wanted to join the crew for many years, and I am delighted to have made it at last.”
Husband Brian added his pleasure: “We now have three women crew members and that can only be a healthy development. I am very pleased for Joe.”
Cris Cadby, 51, has joined the volunteer management ranks at the lifeboat station as a deputy launching authority. He runs an educational IT company with 60 staff serving 500 schools throughout the UK.
Formerly a commercial fisherman in the Isles of Scilly, he had to call the RNLI twice when his boat developed engine trouble.
“I have a lot of respect for the RNLI volunteers and I am very pleased to be joining them,” said Cris.
The third new recruit, Andrew Barker, 42, is a primary school teacher at Sidbury, Devon.
“I have always loved the sea,” he said, “and I hope to become a sea-going crew member after the necessary training.”