Baby arrives as dad is called out on rescue mission

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Baby arrives as dad is called out on rescue mission

Published at 6:13am 20th April 2020. (Updated at 10:45am 20th April 2020)

A baby has been born just as his dad was called out to a rescue mission in Cornwall.

It seems the little one is keen to follow in dad Ed Schwarz's footsteps, as his wife went into labour just two minutes after his RNLI pager went off.

Ed had just gone out the door to help respond to two kayakers who were drifting out to sea.

Luckily he was able to get home from the call out in plenty of time to be with Lucy for the birth of their son.

St Agnes RNLI says he is the youngest recruit to have ever responded to a pager.

"He didn’t quite make this shout, but he seems keen and given a few years he might well be on the lifeboat, so I have the paperwork primed.”

St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Kimberley

Dr Schwarz, a GP, Lifeboat Crew and Trainee Helm sent a photograph of himself and his wife, with their newborn baby, along with a private message to the St Agnes crew, saying

“I think we need to talk about the future staffing of our station. With that in mind, can I propose a future helm in 18 years’ time?”

Ed Schwarz, St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat Crew

Baby Schwarz was born at Treliske Hospital at 3.30am, on 17th April, a little earlier than his expected due date, and weighing 6.1lb.

Mum Lucy, Baby Schwarz (and proud dad, Ed) are all fit and well. They have yet to name him, as he decided to make a hasty arrival.

Ed, who knows only too well the pressures faced by NHS staff, commented

“We want to say a huge thank you to the NHS staff. They were amazing, especially given the current situation”.

Ed Schwarz, St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat Crew

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