Coastguard looking for new volunteers

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THE Coastguard has launched a new appeal for volunteers in the local area.

The volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service provides the UK’s coastal search and rescue capability and as part of Her Majesty’s Coastguard it can operate separately or jointly with the other emergency services and volunteer rescue organisations in the UK.

“The rescue service is made up of teams around the coast, and each is made up of volunteers drawn from the local community,” said a spokesperson.

“They are fully trained and equipped to carry out rescue and accident prevention work along the coastline.

“This could involve being called out, at any time of the day or night, in all weathers, to search for missing people, to carry out cliff rescues or even helping to free people trapped in mud.

“Indeed it could involve anything that involves helping the coastal community and visitors to the coast who have got into difficulty.”

Volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers come from all walks of life and their ages range from 18 - 65.

There are vacancies for volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers in the Chapel St Leonards and Skegness teams so if you live or work in the area and would like to learn more then call Samantha Jessop, the sector manager for Lincolnshire on 07730812909 or email Samantha.jessop@mcga.gov.uk.

You will need to be reasonably fit and have a good standard of general health to be a volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer.

You could be asked to respond to emergencies at any time, so volunteers will be asked to be available as much as possible. A small re-imbursement is made to compensate for expenses.