A LLANDUDNO lifeboat crew member has qualified as a cox’n for the new Shannon class all weather boat.

Andy Jones has qualified after completing a period of intense training which included a three hour long assessment at sea under pressurised conditions. He has been a voluntary member of crew since 2005. He is also a full time master of workboats operating around off Europe and the UK including the Gwynt Y Mor windfarm off the North Wales Coast.

On successful completion of his assessment Andy said: “ After nearly three hours at sea it had been a tough pass out with some pressurised challenges, the crew worked fantastically throughout the exercises, it is always very reassuring to know you are working alongside such skilled and experienced colleagues”.

Captain Marcus Elliot Lifeboat Operations Manager was waiting back at the boathouse to offer his congratulations, he said: "Andy Jones is a very longstanding crewman on Llandudno Lifeboats. After a lot of training and dedicated personal effort, he has now passed out and has been appointed as an assistant coxswain and he is a welcome addition to our senior crew."