Shoreham Port employees help make a difference for RNLI

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Five staff members from Shoreham Port are now employed as volunteers for the Royal National Lifeboat Station.

Shoreham Port has always had strong links with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and is in regular communication with members of the Shoreham Lifeboat Station.

Mark Hayes, Keith Laker, Paul Watts, Steve Gates and Hazel Condell are all members of the Shoreham Lifeboat Station.

Mark Hayes is the marine operations manager at the Port and joined the RNLI in 1996. He said: “I come from a fishing family; the fishing community has always relied on the support of the RNLI. I was keen to give something back and help others like me.”

Keith Laker is a coxswain at the Port and has been volunteering for the RNLI since 1997. Keith joined the RNLI after his father died. He had spent his childhood on his local beach and river, seeing the boats come and go from call-outs and exercises.

Paul Watts is senior coxswain/assistant hydrographer at the Port and joined the RNLI in 2008.

With more time on his hands, Paul was keen to volunteer for the RNLI and put to good use his 35 years’ experience out at sea.

Steve Gates is a lockmaster at the port and joined the RNLI eight years ago.

Steve said: “I have lived locally by the sea all my life and I am familiar with most of the coastal features and coastline on my patch. It is an exciting role and I am pleased that I am able to do my bit to help.”

Hazel Condell is senior accounts administrator at Shoreham Port and joined the RNLI at the beginning of the year, after applying to join at the end of 2015.

Julian Seaman, harbour master at the port, said: “We look forward to continuing our support and close working relationship with the RNLI.”

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