Happisburgh RNLI volunteer passes out as Atlantic 85 Helm
Cubitt Siely Jnr (‘Shortie’) has passed out as Helm of the station’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, Howard Bell.
Shortie follows his father, Cubitt Siely, who was helm at Happisburgh RNLI and now Lifeboat Operations Manager, his sister Charlotte Siely, who is also helm and crew assessor. Shortie joined the crew at Happisburgh RNLI in 2011 and in 2019 passed out as helm of the station's D-Class inshore lifeboat.
Over the past year or so he has worked very hard to become helm of the Atlantic 85. On Monday last (2 November) he went to sea with the RNLI assessor to carry out practical, written and oral assessment, which he successfully passed and joins the other five helms on station. Shortie said: ‘I am proud to have passed and will now be more able to help with saving lives at sea.’
Coronavirus has not helped as Shortie has had to work within the restrictions which it had caused.
The station’s volunteers have been on call throughout the pandemic and have had nine call outs so far this year.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.