Newquay RNLI volunteer graduates as a qualified paramedic

The Newquay lifeboat crew sent their congratulations to one of their RNLI volunteer coxswain Mike ‘Sharkbait’ Martin, who received a BSc (Hons) in Paramedical Sciences from Plymouth University on Friday 24 September.

“Sharky,” as his colleagues call him, joined the lifeboat crew on their 17th birthday in 2007 and has been a coxswain and mechanic at Newquay RNLI for the past decade.

After attending Treviglas Community College in Newquay, then working for 13 years as a commercial and industrial refrigeration engineer in Cornwall and Devon, Mike began his studies in Plymouth three years ago. He has been working as a bank emergency care assistant for the South Western Ambulance Service (SWAST) across Cornwall since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic while completing his course and is expected to start working full time as a local ambulance driver at from November.

Mike, who chose to join Plymouth University so that he could commute and retain his RNLI roles in Newquay throughout his studies, said:

“I was motivated to study paramedical sciences after being involved in casualty care on lifeboats. It has been extremely hard work, but so useful. My RNLI colleagues, many of whom are ambulance staff themselves, and my SWAST mentors and colleagues, were a great help during my training. Thank you to everyone and to our RNLI supporters, their encouragement and support means a lot ”.

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