Flamborough RNLI volunteer crew member Will Bell has completed training to become the youngest Helmsman at the station.
Aged only 23, he has successfully completed his training to become the youngest serving helmsman within Flamborough RNLI and one of the youngest in the country.
Will, who has been a valued member of the volunteer crew for the past 5 years has undergone extensive training to be the latest helmsman of the RNLI B Class Atlantic 85 lifeboat ‘Elizabeth Jane Palmer’. Part of the intensive training as helmsman including, search and rescue, night navigation, boat handling and casualty care.
Will has also spent 2 weeks at the RNLI college in Poole, combined with extensive station based training. Competence at each stage of training was checked by an assessor to whom Will needed to demonstrate his knowledge and practical skills.
Flamborough Lifeboat Operations Manager David Freeman said: “The training requires a considerable amount of work and commitment. We congratulate Will and are happy that he has progressed to Helmsman.”
Will explained that it has been difficult at times but is glad that all the hard work has come to fruition.