Fran aces training in surprise real rescue

Fran Wilkins, Filey Lifeboat Station

Fran Wilkins, Filey Lifeboat Station

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Filey lifeboat station has welcomed on board its first female Coxswain after a final training assessment turned into a real life rescue.

Fran Wilkins qualified as a lifeboat coxswain within minutes of rescuing three people from Primrose Valley Holiday Park on Wednesday, October 17.

Miss Wilkins, who has volunteered with the RNLI for more than 12 years, had just started her coxswain assessment aboard Filey’s all-weather lifeboat when the crew were asked to divert to help people who had been cut off by the incoming tide just after 6.45pm.


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