New Helm for Aberdeen RNLI
Aberdeen RNLI lifeboat station and volunteer crew celebrate as Stephen “Stretch” Brown passes out as helm on inshore lifeboat, Buoy Woody 85N.
Stephen, who has been on the crew since 2014, underwent rigorous testing and assessments and officially passed out as Helm on Wednesday 16 June 2021.
When asked why he wanted the new volunteer position, Stretch said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be the latest helm at Aberdeen. I always like to find the challenge in life, so after completing my all weather lifeboat mechanics pass out, Helm was the natural progression within the crew and will allow me to hone my leadership skills.
‘The RNLI is hugely rewarding and volunteering on the crew allows you to learn new skills, support the community and come together with a diverse group of people who really do become family.’
Stephen, who has volunteered as a RNLI crew member for seven years encourages others to support their local lifeboat station: ‘Volunteering for the RNLI can come in many shapes and sizes, including joining to crew, the fundraising committee or water safety educational roles. All of them are important in supporting the RNLI’s mission to save lives and sea. Whatever your skill set, the RNLI will allow you to develop those skills and utilise them.’
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.