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Cleethorpes RNLI lifeboat crew seeks volunteers

Stacey Sonley at the helm of a lifeboat
Image caption Stacey Sonley joined the crew when she turned 17

Volunteers are being sought to help save lives with one of the north of England's busiest lifeboat crews.

The 18-strong team at Cleethorpes RNLI lifeboat station rescues dozens of people in difficulty at sea each year.

The charity is hoping to recruit three new volunteers who would be available to respond to incidents during the day at weekdays.

An open day will be held at the station from 11:00 BST on 27 April so people can find out more.

Lifeboat crews must be aged between 17 and 45, live or work in Cleethorpes, be physically fit and not colour blind.

Stacey Sonley, 19, who recently joined the crew, said: "I knew from a fairly young age that I wanted to join the lifeboat crew, as I have been surrounded by the RNLI all my life.

"My dad is a helmsman on the Cleethorpes lifeboat, before that he was full-time crew at Humber lifeboat and as a family we all lived lived at Spurn Point.

"The RNLI provides fantastic training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering, people will gain some great experience, knowledge and skills."

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