Two Whitby RNLI lifeboat men sacked over naked woman mugs and four quit over row

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.

Whitby crewman Ben Laws and his workmate Joe Winspear were allegedly sacked over the phone on Tuesday.

The pair are reported to have swapped the 'jokey' tea mugs for Secret Santa presents.

One featured Mr Winspear's head superimposed on a naked woman's body.

Whitby RNLI crewman Ben Laws and his workmate Joe Winspear were allegedly sacked because of mugs they had in the office with naked women on them. Pictured: Whitby RNLI 

Whitby RNLI crewman Ben Laws and his workmate Joe Winspear were allegedly sacked because of mugs they had in the office with naked women on them. Pictured: Whitby RNLI 

One mug featured Mr Winspear's head superimposed on a naked woman's body (pictured) 

One mug featured Mr Winspear's head superimposed on a naked woman's body (pictured) 

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.  

Ben Laws is reported to have 15 years experience with the RNLI but was let go over the mug 

Ben Laws is reported to have 15 years experience with the RNLI but was let go over the mug 

Trainee RNLI volunteer Joe Winspear (pictured), 26, was the other crew member to be sacked

Trainee RNLI volunteer Joe Winspear (pictured), 26, was the other crew member to be sacked

According to the newspaper they were told they could no longer work at Whitby's RNLI branch because the mugs could have been found by schoolchildren, which posed a 'safeguarding risk'.  

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