Portrush RNLI have said that they are ‘delighted to announce that local man David Robinson has been appointed to the post of Coxswain/Mechanic’ at the station.
David aged just 27) had volunteered with the RBLI for seven years and was also recently employed with the Merchant Navy in the North Sea.
This new position will see David rebased at home in Portrush, alongside his fiancée Libby, due to be married in May.
David’s responsibility will include:
‘Looking after and maintaining the two Lifeboats at Portrush – The Severn and the D class, as well as making sure all PPE is in order and ensuring all equipment is fit for purpose.’
David was congratulated by Portrush RNLI who also said:
‘He will be a key member of the Operations Team, working closely with the Lifeboat Operations Manager, Deputy Launching Authorities and the other volunteer coxswains on station.’
David called his new role a ‘dream come true’, going on to say:
“I have enjoyed working as a volunteer for so many years and learning from the best. Portrush Lifeboat Station is a wonderful station to be associated with and am looking forward to getting started”
Keith Gilmore is the Lifeboat Operations Manager and spoke of David’s new appointment:
“I am very pleased with the appointment of David Robinson as Coxswain/Mechanic of Portrush Lifeboat.
“David has been a dedicated and effective volunteer crewmember for seven years. The experience that he has gained during that time, both on the lifeboat, and in the challenging conditions of the North Sea in the Merchant Navy, ensure that he has the total confidence of the crew in his suitability to take on this new role. Well done David!”