Sea rescuer? It's like being in school

14th September 2007 at 01:00
Teacher-turned-lifeboat-rescuer Dylan Saer was sent on a tense emergency call out hours into his first training session with the RNLI.

Mr Saer (pictured centre), who works at Ysgol Parc y Tywyn in Burry Port, near Llanelli, was sent out to investigate reports of flashing lights with a team that included Owain Davies a governor at the school days before the start of the new school term. He was back teaching last week but says the experience was similar to his first day in the classroom.

Mr Saer signed up to become a volunteer sea rescuer after being told there was a shortage during a school trip to Burry Port lifeboat station.

His crew was diverted to a potentially life-saving rescue off Crofty, North Gower. He was given a crash course on the boat's satellite navigation system and night-vision equipment as they searched marshland. The call was later logged as an accidental false alarm.

The 38-year-old said: "I think this job is similar to teaching two days are never the same."

Pupils at the school have raised nearly pound;4,000 for the town's lifeboat service. Gareth Davies

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