Local Plumber becomes newest helm for Cullercoats RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Congratulations to Cullercoats crew member, Steve Graham, who passed out as helm on the station's Atlantic 85 last night.

Steve Graham, Cullercoats Lifeboat Helm, stands by the lifeboat tractor

RNLI/Anna Heslop

Steve Graham, Cullercoats Lifeboat Helm

Steve, who runs his own plumbing business in and around Cullercoats, has volunteered as a crew member since 2013 and has been training as a helm since 2017. Since joining the crew, he has been involved in a number of 'shouts,' both challenging and risky, and has helped to rescue many people over the years. For his final assessment last night, he was required to take a written examination and a practical assessment out on the water, which he passed with flying colours. Preparing to lead a crew out to sea in the roughest conditions takes courage, skill and determination. Over the past six years, Steve has trained and prepared, to ensure he can take the lifeboat and save lives at sea.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Frank Taylor, said 'We are all so pleased for Steve. He has worked incredibly hard to achieve this goal and he is an asset to the station.'

Congratulations Steve from all at Cullercoats. We are thrilled to have you as our newest helm! We look forward to going to sea with you!

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