Ideological tool trumps lifesaving heroes: Lifeboatman with 15 years' service is one of two sacked after their 'jokey' tea mugs showing naked women were branded a 'safeguarding risk' in case visiting school children saw them 'A lifeboatman who served with the RNLI for 15 years was sacked alongside his junior colleague for having mugs with naked women on them in the office. [...] When a senior female member of staff found them at the headquarters in North Yorkshire, their jobs were brought into question. The pair were initially told to destroy the mugs and that they would face no further action. But the men, who are not paid for their work with the RLNI, then had to go through a disciplinary hearing that looked through their private Whatsapp messages. They were eventually let go, sparking resignations from four of their colleagues in protest, reports The Sun. [...] An RNLI spokesman told the BBC: 'We are aware of speculation about the issue on social media but we want to stress that this was not a trivial matter.' 'The lifeboat station should be an environment where people can expect to be treated with dignity and respect. 'We cannot allow bullying, harassment or discrimination in what should be a safe and inclusive environment and there will be serious consequences for anybody who demonstrates this behaviour within the RNLI. 'Our dedicated volunteers represent the values and principles of our organisation and we will not allow any behaviour that brings the work of the RNLI and our people into disrepute.' A petition has now been started by locals to revoke the sackings, which the men themselves are also believed to be appealing.' DailyMail.co.uk, Mint Images/REX/Shutterstock, 3rd May 2018. "Safeguarding", allegedly. What was this woman, doubtless paid, thinking of in firing these men and setting off a cascade of resignations? Lifeboat workers risk their lives voluntarily every time they are called to duty but now these men they are just scalps around the neck of some shortsighted bureaucrat. Certainly, ask these heroes to keep their mugs out of sight or remove them if their lifeboat station is to be run as a children's theme park but to search their phone data and fire them? This is insanity. RNLI, fire this moronic manager before she manages your voluntary workforce out of the door. Tweet @RNLI and tell them how you feel about this stupid decision which is putting lives at risk.