A moving moment for management team member

Fri 24 Jun 2016

When St Ives lifeboat crew needed a well practised and confident public speaker to deliver the reading at the naming ceremony of their new lifeboat, they turned to fellow crewman Paul Le Bas.

Paul, who has been a member of the lifeboat crew for five years, is also a Business Development Manager. It’s a role that often requires him to speak in front of an audience. 

Originally from Southampton, Paul spent many happy childhood holidays in St Ives and moved to the area over 20 years ago. Paul has been been a volunteer on the crew for over 5 years.

He said: “It was an honour to be asked to deliver the reading at the naming of our new boat, the Nora Statchura, and a moment of great pride to represent the crew and station on that very important day.”

Hundreds of people lined the harbour of the seaside town to watch the naming ceremony and see the new, jet propelled, Shannon class boat - the first of its kind in the Cornish RNLI fleet. After the dedication and readings, they were treated to a show of the boat in action during which the crew demonstrated her quick turns and emergency stop.

 “The new boat is amazing,” Paul added: “It’s twice as fast as the previous boat, increasing response times and it’s fully computerised using sims, which keeps the crew safer whilst at sea.”