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A female has qualified to command the Kyle RNLI lifeboat for the first time ever. 

Yesterday (Monday 19 November) saw Emma Noble sit and pass the assessments required to become one of the two newest helms on the lifeboat.  Also qualifying with Emma was Andrew MacDonald.  

31-year-old Emma, has been a part of the lifeboat crew for the past five years, and has been working towards qualifying to become a helm for the past year.

Speaking of the achievement, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Sandy Murray said: “It is an historic day for our lifeboat station, as Emma has become the first woman to hold the position of helm since the station was started almost 30 years ago.

"Emma has been a dedicated volunteer with us for a number of years, and this was the natural evolution for her. Everyone at the station would like to congratulate both Emma, and fellow crew member, Andrew MacDonald, who also qualified yesterday.”

Image right: colour picture from Kyle RNLI

Image below: black and white picture taken by Jack Lowe at The Lifeboat Station Project

 

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