Blessing all at sea for Simon and Jill

20/07/2013. North Shields, UK, Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteer crewmember Jill McCormick who hails from Scotland, has her marriage to Simon Lee blessed onboard the Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat 'Spirit of Northumberland'. The couple were married an hour earlier at the local registry office before being blessed at the lifeboat station by station Chaplain Rev. Timothy Duff. Jill,35, has been an RNLI volunteer for 12 years and works as a fisheries officer at the Environment Agency. Simon,31, is a Royal Navy submariner and Chief Petty Officer and having recently graduated with a mathematics degree is about to begin officer training at Dartmouth College. For more information please contact Adrian Don (RNLI volunteer Press Officer) on 07834 731833. Please credit: Adrian Don
20/07/2013. North Shields, UK, Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteer crewmember Jill McCormick who hails from Scotland, has her marriage to Simon Lee blessed onboard the Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat 'Spirit of Northumberland'. The couple were married an hour earlier at the local registry office before being blessed at the lifeboat station by station Chaplain Rev. Timothy Duff. Jill,35, has been an RNLI volunteer for 12 years and works as a fisheries officer at the Environment Agency. Simon,31, is a Royal Navy submariner and Chief Petty Officer and having recently graduated with a mathematics degree is about to begin officer training at Dartmouth College. For more information please contact Adrian Don (RNLI volunteer Press Officer) on 07834 731833. Please credit: Adrian Don

An RNLI lifeboat volunteer took the plunge by having her wedding blessed on board a lifeboat.

Jill McCormick, 35, a navigator and inshore lifeboat helm at Tynemouth lifeboat station, married Simon Lee, 31, a Royal Navy submariner and Chief Petty Officer.

And they had their wedding blessed by Tynemouth RNLI chaplain Rev Timothy Duff on board the all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland in a moving ceremony attended by more than a hundred friends and family.

Despite worries about the boat actually being at the station for the blessing, due to a callout just an hour before it was due to start, everything went perfectly to plan.

Jill, originally from Scotland, met Simon three years ago.

She said: “I wore my yellow lifeboat wellies under my dress, which was really funny, and I was steady on the boat but some of the bridesmaids were clinging on as they’re terrified of water.”