Charlie Parfitt. Picture: RNLI

Hunstanton RNLI crew member Charlie Parfitt has become the organisation’s first female Hovercraft commander.

Her appointment is another in a series of firsts for the station, which was the first to trial tractors for launching lifeboats in 1922, the first to trial the Hovercraft and the first to pass a female pilot.

 Geoff Needham, of Hunstanton RNLI, said: “Charlie joined Hunstanton RNLI four years ago, after moving to Hunstanton. With a keen interest in the sea, she works the safety boat for Brancaster   Sailing Club.  

“Since joining the RNLI,  Charlie has played very much a  hands-on role in all activities involved with the station.

“We can now send our hovercraft on service with an all girl crew, another first for RNLI crew.”