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Byline: Tobermory RNLI has a new Deputy Second Mechanic to help maintain its all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey.
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Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, who has been a volunteer crew member since 2010, has just been appointed to the position to support the full time Station Mechanic, ‘Jock’ Anderson and Second Mechanic, Creon Carmichael. As well as undertaking training ‘on the job’ at the station and on the lifeboat, Gunny has attended an engineering course at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset. He was then required to pass a rigorous assessment conducted by one of the RNLI’s Divisional Technical Managers. This consisted of an exercise at sea during which Gunny was required to respond to and fix a range of testing technical problems, including responding to a ‘fire’ in the engine room.

The role of the mechanic on an all-weather lifeboat is a crucial one both afloat and ashore. He or she is responsible for maintaining the lifeboat’s engines and all the machinery at an all-weather lifeboat station. At sea, the mechanic checks that the engines and other machinery are all working properly, as well as being part of the crew.

By day, Gunny (who is 41 and from Preston originally) works for Argyll and Bute Council. He has been the station’s Emergency Mechanic for the past year, providing cover for both Jock and Creon and he has performed this role on several ‘shouts’, most notably during the 11 hour rescue of a fishing boat off Coll in very rough seas in January this year.

Tobermory Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Stevens said: ‘The Mechanic performs a critical role on the lifeboat, not only ensuring that it is maintained to a high standard at all times but also responding to any technical problems which may arise during training or a shout. Gunny has received some world class training not only from the RNLI College but also from Jock who has many years’ experience working in this role on the lifeboat. Our three mechanics will continue to ensure that our £2 million lifeboat is always ready to respond to any emergency and to save lives at sea.’

Notes for editors

• The photographs show Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn in the engine room of Tobermory’s Severn Class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, as well as operating the radio in the Mechanic’s seat in the wheelhouse. Please credit RNLI/Sam Jones.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747 601900 or sam.j.jones@btinternet.com or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Byline: Tobermory RNLI has a new Deputy Second Mechanic to help maintain its all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey.
Page Content:

Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, who has been a volunteer crew member since 2010, has just been appointed to the position to support the full time Station Mechanic, ‘Jock’ Anderson and Second Mechanic, Creon Carmichael. As well as undertaking training ‘on the job’ at the station and on the lifeboat, Gunny has attended an engineering course at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset. He was then required to pass a rigorous assessment conducted by one of the RNLI’s Divisional Technical Managers. This consisted of an exercise at sea during which Gunny was required to respond to and fix a range of testing technical problems, including responding to a ‘fire’ in the engine room.

The role of the mechanic on an all-weather lifeboat is a crucial one both afloat and ashore. He or she is responsible for maintaining the lifeboat’s engines and all the machinery at an all-weather lifeboat station. At sea, the mechanic checks that the engines and other machinery are all working properly, as well as being part of the crew.

By day, Gunny (who is 41 and from Preston originally) works for Argyll and Bute Council. He has been the station’s Emergency Mechanic for the past year, providing cover for both Jock and Creon and he has performed this role on several ‘shouts’, most notably during the 11 hour rescue of a fishing boat off Coll in very rough seas in January this year.

Tobermory Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Stevens said: ‘The Mechanic performs a critical role on the lifeboat, not only ensuring that it is maintained to a high standard at all times but also responding to any technical problems which may arise during training or a shout. Gunny has received some world class training not only from the RNLI College but also from Jock who has many years’ experience working in this role on the lifeboat. Our three mechanics will continue to ensure that our £2 million lifeboat is always ready to respond to any emergency and to save lives at sea.’

Notes for editors

• The photographs show Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn in the engine room of Tobermory’s Severn Class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, as well as operating the radio in the Mechanic’s seat in the wheelhouse. Please credit RNLI/Sam Jones.


RNLI media contacts


For more information please contact Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747 601900 or sam.j.jones@btinternet.com or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,