Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI celebrate lifeboat crew achievements

Lifeboats News Release

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI volunteer crew member Jackson Wright has become a fully qualified inshore lifeboat helm while Lisa Amer has become a fully qualified inshore lifeboat mechanic.

RNLI/Jennifer Rice

Jackson Wright

Lisa recently completed her maintenance course at the RNLI college in Poole in order to become a fully qualified mechanic. Lisa spent over 18 months working towards her maintenance course with Great Yarmouth and Gorleston’s RNLI Coxswain, Paddy.

Lisa’s qualification will ensure the crew at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI are ready and prepared for the delivery of their new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B925 John Rowntree.

Lisa has been a volunteer for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI for the past four years. A valued member of the lifeboat crew, Lisa has previous experience working in the boat yard in Geldeston near Beccles.

As well as working full time for the health service and volunteering as crew, she is also the proud mum of two daughters.

Lisa thoroughly enjoys being a part of the RNLI and says she is proud to be a small part of such a large community in the RNLI and appreciates the camaraderie with the crew.

Meanwhile, people may not realise the road to becoming a fully qualified inshore lifeboat helm is not an easy one. Crew members can’t just decide they want to become a helm, they need to have a hard working ethic and gain valuable experience before they can earn a consideration to become a Helm. Once considered, a crew member needs to attend and pass such courses as command course, boat handling and search and rescue navigation courses at the RNLI College in Poole. All these courses enable the potential crew member to build on their competencies in order to potentially pilot the RNLI lifeboats.

Once the crew member is considered competent, the crew member must then complete an extensive crew plan and undergo and pass a complete assessment on the inshore lifeboat to become a fully qualified helm.

'Jackson has done amazingly well to complete his Helm qualification in what has been a very difficult year considering the impact that COVID-19 has had all over the world,' said Jennifer Rice, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. 'Jackson has been volunteering for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI’s lifeboat crew for the past eight years and we are all really proud of him and his achievement.'

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RNLI/Jennifer Rice

Lisa Amer

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