Bridlington lifeboat's new Helm soon in action

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteer Jof Pearson had put a lot of time, study and effort into becoming an inshore lifeboat Helm..

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Helm Jof Pearson

On the evening of July 23, 25 year old RNLI volunteer Jof would find out if all his training and experience as one of the Bridlington crew would see him obtain his aim of becoming an inshore lifeboat helm.

In the night's assessment Jof had to brief his crew, complete a comprehensive exercise planning form and sit a question and answer session before going to sea.

Once at sea he had to show complete control of the various tasks he and his crew had to perform. All tasks were completed to the satisfaction of the visiting RNLI Assessor Carl Beardmore who shook Jof by the hand and congratulated him on his pass out.

The following day just 24 hours later Jof was the first Helm on station when a small motor boat with a crew of three suffered an engine problem.

Jof and his crew Sarah Berry and Jordan Harrison brought the boat and its crew safely to Bridlington harbour and waiting Coastguards.

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Boat towed to safety

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Coastguard help tie the boat up.

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