Volunteer RNLI crewmember Naomi Bell will not forget the day she got her A level results (Thursday 13 August) , as it was also the day she had her first official callout as a crew member for Portrush RNLI.
In the morning, Naomi was celebrating receiving the grades she needed to get into university and in the evening when she was having a celebration dinner with her parents and boyfriend; her pager went off.
Naomi said; ‘Nothing was going to stop me getting on the lifeboat this time. I had been so close so many times, but this time knew I could make it as the restaurant is just opposite the lifeboat station’
Naomi’s mother Rosemary, who is a former chair of the Portrush RNLI Fundraising and Raft Race teams at the station said; ‘When the two pagers went off (Ivan, Naomi’s dad is also on crew) Naomi was off like a shot. We watched her sprint towards the station taking her shoes off as she went. She was determined not to be left behind this time’
Naomi made the ‘shout’ and went off to Runkerry to rescue two kayakers who had got into difficulty. After bringing the kayakers to safety, Naomi was able to rejoin the celebrations.
Credit: RNLI/Judy Nelson