RNLI volunteers sacked in dispute over mugs adorned with naked women

Two RNLI volunteers have been sacked and four fellow crewmen have quit over a dispute surrounding mugs adorned with images of naked women.The men from the Whitby station in North Yorkshire exchanged jokey Christmas gifts, which included a mug with a picture of a naked woman on it and one of the crew’s faces superimposed onto the model’s head. But a female superior found the mugs in a cupboard and Joe Winspear and his colleague Ben Laws were dismissed. Navigator Steve Boocock, helmsman Martyn Cairns and trainees Neil Cook and Simon Rhodes have now walked out in protest, according to The Sun, and a source told the paper: “The mugs were just banter, a bit of fun.“One of the sacked men served 15 years. He’s saved people’s lives and recovered those who were not so lucky. He should be given a medal, not his marching orders.“Two of the crew are women and told the managers that they were not offended. It’s overkill by the RNLI.”Initially, Mr Winspear and Mr Laws were reportedly told if the mugs were destroyed they would face no further action. But in March, bosses told them they had breached safeguarding protocol, citing they could have been seen by visiting schoolchildren.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Both were dismissed in a phone call on Tuesday, according to The Sun.  As they prepare to appeal, The RNLI told the paper: “Two volunteers have been stood down. We are waiting to hear if they wish to challenge this decision. Others have resigned.“The investigation focused on the production of inappropriate material of a sexual nature and social media activity directed at an RNLI staff member. This was not a trivial matter.” read more