Emma qualifies as first female helm for Kyle lifeboat

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A member of Kyle RNLI’s volunteer crew has become the first female to command the lifeboat since the station was founded almost 30 years ago after passing her qualifications last week.

Last week Emma Noble sat and passed the assessments required to become one of the two newest helms of the Kyle lifeboat, Spirit of Fred. Olsen.  Although there have been a number of female crew members in the past, Emma has become the first to sit and pass her helm assessments, which now enables her to command the lifeboat.

Emma Noble become the first ever female helm at Kyle RNLI. 

The 31-year-old graphic designer and picture framer has been a part of the Kyle lifeboat crew for the past five years, and has been working towards qualifying to become a helm for the past year.

Speaking of the achievement, lifeboat operations manager Sandy Murray said: ‘It is an historic day for our lifeboat station, as Emma has become the first woman to hold the position of helm since the station was started almost 30 years ago.

‘Emma has been a dedicated volunteer with us for a number of years, and this was the natural evolution for her.  Everyone at the station would like to congratulate both Emma, and fellow crew member Andrew MacDonald, who also qualified yesterday.’


Emma Noble has become the first ever female helm at Kyle RNLI. NO F48 Kyle RNLI Noble 01