TWO teenagers are following in their fathers’ footsteps after signing up as RNLI volunteers in Swanage.

Felix Williams and Morgan Woodford, who are both 17, have become the youngest volunteers at Swanage lifeboat station.

The minimum age to join the crew is 17.

Felix is the son of Steve Williams, a long-standing member of the Swanage crew with over 20 years’ service on both the inshore and all-weather lifeboat.

While Morgan is the son of Roydon Woodford, a crew member with eight years’ service on the all-weather lifeboat.

This means there are currently three fathers and sons serving at Swanage lifeboat station.

Felix said: "I am delighted to join the crew here at Swanage. I’ve grown up watching my dad volunteer and seeing the difference the RNLI makes in our community and I want to be a part in that."

Dad Steve said he was proud to see Felix carrying a pager and joked it would probably get his son out of bed quicker than he had ever been able to.

Morgan said: "I am really proud to be getting the chance to be part of the RNLI with my Dad. I’m looking forward to the training ahead and can’t wait to put it into practice. Some of my earliest memories are seeing him run to respond to the pager. I have known many of the crew since I was a small child, so it feels like my family just got bigger, especially by joining at the same time as a fellow school friend."

Roydon said he was “very proud” of Morgan and for being given the rare opportunity to serve alongside his son.

He added: “To know that my family will continue the tradition and help to save lives at sea makes me very proud.”