Daryl keeps RNLI family tradition going in Fleetwood

It was a proud moment for former coxswain at Fleetwood RNLI, Gary Randles, when his son passed out as coxswain this week.

Tuesday, 28th September 2021, 5:14 pm
Daryl Randles, of Fleetwood RNLI, has passed out as a coxswain

Daryl Randles, from Fleetwood, is the full-time mechanic at the town’s lifeboat station and has been in training to pass his assessment since his appointment in 2019.

Daryl, aged 30, is expected to take over from current coxswain, Tony Cowell, who retires in November, and then he will become full-time coxswain/ mechanic.

Father Gary held the role at the lifeboat station between 2015 and 2016 and is still a volunteer with the life saving charity, having stood down from the role, due to work

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Gary said: "Obviously, this is a proud moment for the family and it’s fantastic to see Daryl following in my footsteps.

"However, I’m not looking forward to him telling me what to do on a call-out!"

Daryl, is the youngest coxswain to be appointed at Fleetwood RNLI.

Lifeboat operations manager, Joe Bottomley said: "It’s a fantastic achievement for Daryl.

"His commitment and dedication to Fleetwood Lifeboat is inspiring.

"All the volunteer crew hope he has many safe years ahead of him in our lifeboats and look forward to accompanying him in training and on call-outs."