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Matt, 30, passes test as coxswain

Matt Wilkins is the latest member of the Filey crew to pass the assessment.
Matt Wilkins is the latest member of the Filey crew to pass the assessment.

Filey Lifeboat member Matt Wilkins has become the latest person in the crew to pass his assessment as a coxswain.

Following an intensive training programme, Matt took Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB) out in a biting northerly gale for his pass-out as a coxswain under the watchful eye of Assessor Gary Bird.

Matt, 30, is the sixth member of the current crew to pass-out as an ALB Coxswain; the others being Barry Robson, Dave Eblet, Neil Cammish, Alex Harrison and Richard Johnson (currently at Oban).

John Colling, Filey Lifeboat operations manager, said: “The whole station is very proud of Matt’s achievement. I am really honoured to be the Lifeboat operations manager at a Lifeboat station where the crew are so highly skilled. They are also all very enthusiastic about the lifeboat and keen to pass on their knowledge to new members of the crew.”