New man named as lifeboat manager

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A new man is in charge of a Fylde coast lifeboat crew after its previous manager stepped down following close to 30 years’ service.

Peter Whalley has been named as the new manager of Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station.

He takes over the role from Andrew Fallow, who has retired after 27 years with the lifesaving charity.

A spokesman for Lytham St Annes RNLI said: “Peter is in overall charge of managing the station and liaising with RNLI’s headquarters at Poole in Dorset, as well as with the crew, other station personnel and the Coastguard.

“As with most posts within the RNLI, from crew to fund-raisers, it is a voluntary, unpaid position which nevertheless requires great knowledge, skill, time and dedication.

“Apart from the day to day running of the station, Peter is also the launching authority with the responsibility for making the final decision to launch a lifeboat when needed and which of the station’s two boats are best suited for the rescue situation.

“This is a 24-hour-a-day role as the need for the charity’s lifeboats can come at any time, day or night.”

Mr Whalley joined as a crew member in 1970 before being appointed assistant mechanic in 1987. He retired from sea-going duties in 1997 but returned to the station in 2008 as deputy launching authority.

Mr Fallow – who was named manager in 2005 – steps down after joining the crew in 1988.