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Cromer RNLI veteran Ted Luckin on the 200 Voices podcast
200 Voices an RNLI podcast

‘He was an extremely brave man’

Episode 173 – Ted Luckin on the Best of Them

Cromer veteran Ted Luckin BEM shares his memories of Henry Blogg, the RNLI’s most decorated lifesaver.

The word ‘legend’ is often used lightly. But Henry Blogg truly was one. During 53 years’ service at Cromer, the RNLI’s most decorated crew member helped to save 873 lives. Former Cromer Helm Ted Luckin knew Henry, and in this episode he shares his memories of the man.

Over 6 decades, Ted has performed almost every role at the station, so is a bit of a legend himself. It all started when he was invited to join the crew by coxswains ‘Shrimp’ Davis and ‘Tuna’ Harrison. After that, Ted never found himself more than 200 yards from the sea.

During the Second World War, Henry Blogg was kept busy. The Cromer lifeboat launched 150 times and saved 448 lives – more than any other. Learn more about the RNLI's extraordinary wartime efforts in a special episode of Saving Lives at Sea, presented by Dermot O'Leary. Search Series 9: Episode 1 on BBC iPlayer. 

Find out more about the life of RNLI legend Henry Blogg.