Stage, TV and film actor Steffan Rhodri made his latest appearance aboard Ramsgate RNLI's Trent class all-weather lifeboat Esme Anderson and Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat Bob Turnbull on Sunday (6 March) while filming part of a Welsh language TV series
Steffan, known to many through his appearances as Dave Coaches in the TV series Gavin and Stacey and the Harry Potter films, is fronting the programmes to be shown on the Welsh language S4C channel.
The series, which has been filmed in many parts of the world, focuses on a variety of things designed, developed and/or manufactured in Wales and used successfully outside the country.
The RNLI was selected to appear in the series as users of water rescue training dummies manufactured by Ruth Lee Ltd in North Wales. The dummies, which are referred to as "Fred" by the lifeboat crew, replicate an unconscious person in size, weight and reaction.
Steffan was filmed at sea on the lifeboats taking part in the recovery of the dummy and demonstrating how RNLI lifeboat crews are trained in the recovery of people from the sea.
Ramsgate RNLI coxswain Ian Cannon said that the dummy had been introduced to the lifeboat station some six years ago and had considerably helped training by so accurately replicating the feel of an actual person.
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