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The family from Newquay all saving lives at sea

The family from Newquay all saving lives at sea

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:45pm 21st August 2019.

Meet the family from Newquay who are all helping to save lives at sea.

The four Timson siblings - Lewis (36), Harry (23), Georgie (21) and Sonny (18) - are all working for the RNLI to keep beaches safe this summer. 

Their family connection with the RNLI was sparked 20 years ago when, after countless family holidays to the Cornish coast, they decided to make the move from Market Harborough down to Newquay. 

At 17 years old, Lewis - the eldest of the four siblings - began working as a private lifeguard at Watergate Bay, making him the first lifeguard in the family. After the RNLI's successful lifeguard pilot scheme across South West beaches in 2001, Lewis became an RNLI lifeguard at Watergate Bay and he has now worked for the charity for 19 years.

Contrary to the norm, rather than Lewis following in his father's footsteps to become a lifeguard, his dad followed in his! With Lewis patrolling Watergate Bay as an RNLI lifeguard, his father Vince Timson soon signed up as an RNLI volunteer and spent eight years as a lifeguard and a lifeguard supervisor in Newquay.

Over the coming years, the rest of the family followed suit. Having surfed on Newquay beaches from a young age, the siblings all had strong water skills, which made becoming a lifeguard a smooth transition. 

At the age of 18, Georgie completed her lifeguard training and began working as a casual lifeguard - now 21, she is on her second full season. 

"It's really nice that we all have this in common. As kids we grew up surfing and being at the beach and now we are all lifeguards - I guess it runs in the family!"

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Left to right: Sonny, Harry, Georgie, Lewis

Sonny, the youngest of the four siblings, became the next Timson family recruit. At 18, he is working his second season as a lifeguard on Newquay beaches. 

Harry joined the family trade earlier this year. After completing his lifeguard training when he was 16, Harry then took time out to focus on his career as a free surfer, which gave him opportunities to travel around the world and take to the waves in places like Costa Rica and California. 

Although Georgie and Sonny are both working full-time this summer, the seasonal aspect of lifeguarding is a huge bonus as they have their winters free. 

Sonny said: "I enjoy activities which revolve around the sea so as well as lifeguarding I also like surfing, fishing and coasteering - which are all perfect for Newquay in the summer - and then I am going to go travelling to find good surf in the winter."

Beginning the position in January this year, Lewis is now the Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for Newquay, which is a full-time, year-round position managing the RNLI's lifeguard service in the area.

On top of this, Lewis generously gives his time as a volunteer crew member with Newquay lifeboat. 

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