Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team launches latest recruitment drive

The Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team is recruiting new volunteers

The Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team is recruiting new volunteers - Credit: Archant

The Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team has launched a volunteer recruitment drive for people wanting to help to keep the region’s coastline safe.

Coastguards respond to emergency 999 calls from the public for a range of incidents, including mud and water rescues, searches for missing persons, people cut off and stranded by the tide, ordinance and small craft in difficulties.

They work on a pager system and are on call 24-hours-a-day during their agreed shifts.

Don Ryles, station officer at Felixstowe, said: “On average, we have to attend 65 call-outs a year with 80% of those between May and September. With the busy period approaching, our recruitment is in full swing.

“It is a hugely rewarding role, a great way to give something back to the local community and provide a service which can save lives, whilst not having to give up your day job.

“No qualifications or experience is needed, just a keenness to help out and enthusiasm to make a difference.”

Full training, clothing and equipment will be given to new recruits, however applicants should have an understanding of the coastline, a general level of fitness and be able to swim.

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Anyone interested in joining the coastguard team should email crsenquiries@mcga.gov.uk, including contact details and address.