A Cornish family will be on call for the RNLI this Christmas season.

The Gorvins, from Sennen Cove, will be ready to respond at a moment’s notice as part of the charity's Christmas fundraising appeal.

Kirstan Gorvin, deputy Coxswain, and his two children, Tristan and Tamsyn, are all committed to volunteer service for the seaside charity.

Both Tristan and Tamsyn are also RNLI lifeguards in the summer season.

Mr Gorvin, who has been with the RNLI at Sennen Cove for 22 years, speaks of his pride in his children becoming part of the crew.

He said: "I am really proud to be part of a crew with my children who are a real asset.

"We all get on well and trust each other so that support is good.

"We know each other’s capabilities, and I think they value my experience and knowledge!"

Falmouth Packet: The Gorvins, from Sennen Cove, will be ready to respond at a moment’s notice

In the past, the trio have acted as a team to assist casualties at sea, with the whole family contributing to rescues.

He continued: "We were all together as crew for the inshore lifeboat, my wife was also shoreside as part of the local Coastguard team.

"It was really great to work together for real and the shout went really well with a great outcome.

"I really am so proud that they are so capable and work so well together."

Gorvin mentions the norm of their Christmas celebrations being interrupted to respond to an emergency.

He said: "We have very rarely had a Christmas where the pager hasn’t gone off for one of us!

"We are always happy to respond and as we are all involved, we all understand and support each other."

During the Christmas period of 2022, RNLI lifeboats in the South West launched a total of 16 times.

Public donations fund necessary equipment and training, enabling lifeboat crews to continue their lifesaving service.

To contribute to the RNLI’s Christmas Appeal visit, RNLI.org/WinterAppeal.