By Linda foo guest
HISTORY has been made at a Wirral lifeboat station, with the first female coxswain appointed in 211 years.
After years of service as volunteer crew and several months of intensive training, both at the RNLI College in Poole and on station, Emily Jones has been named deputy second coxswain at Hoylake Lifeboat Station.
Emily works as a firefighter and she joined the crew in August 2004.
She has built up her skills through the RNLI competence based training, which included navigation that was put to good use as she cruised around the Irish Sea in her own sailing vessel.
Emily, from Hoylake, said: “The exam was tough and extremely hard going because the weather was so bad.
“I was a little concerned about beaching the boat in such bad weather, but managed it with the assistance of my capable crew. I am over the moon to be the first female coxswain in Hoylake’s 211 years of history.”
Lifeboat operation manager John Curry added: “We are delighted with Emily's success, which was well deserved. She is one of a handful of female coxswains in the RNLI, and she makes history as being the first female ALB coxswain to qualify both at Hoylake and in the west division.
“At times during her 'passing out', the winds touched force nine and a heavy sea was running throughout the inspector's exercise.
“Emily came out of the experience with flying colours. She is a dedicated crew member with whom it is an honour to serve.”