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10 August, 2019
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Rescue experiences of former Tynemouth lifeboat coxswain

Martin Kenny, who led the Tynemouth lifeboat crew for 16 years will share some  rescue experiences later this month.

The maritime expert will give a talk – ‘A year in the life of an RNLI coxswain’ – on Saturday 10 August at 11am at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay.

It will cover key events from a year’s diary during his time as coxswain, ranging from   rescuing people cut off by the tide or in sinking boats, missing people searches, to an operation when lifeboats were launched in readiness for a potential sea landing by an airplane.

He was coxswain from 1986 to 2002 and second coxswain for the previous five years.

He said: “I was privileged to be coxswain for 16 years and look forward to sharing some of the many experiences I and the crew encountered during one year in particular. I hope it will help raise awareness of the important role played by lifeboat crews and an understanding of why lifeboat stations need support from the public.”

Master mariner Martin, who spent 13 years at sea before becoming a lecturer at the South Shields Marine and Technical College for almost 30 years and then providing consultancy services to a major shipping company.

He is now an active volunteer at the Old Low Light and regularly gives maritime talks and guided walks along the coastline between North Shields and Tynemouth.

Tickets for the talk are £3 (free to Old Low Light members), available from the Old Low Light Heritage Centre. Proceeds will help towards the running of the Old Low Light.