Falmouth RNLI volunteer passes final assessment to become a qualified coxswain

Lifeboats News Release

Crew member Adam West successfully completed his final assessment recently to become a fully qualified coxswain on Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott.

Adam West beside Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott

RNLI/Simon Culliford

Adam West beside Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott

Adam, whose father was a crew member at Bude Lifeboat Station, was keen to join the RNLI but when he first approached the station at Falmouth, there wasn’t a vacancy for him. Not to be put off, he decided to help station volunteers with a number of fund-raising events until a space became available. He joined the crew about a year later in August 2010.

Since then, Adam qualified as an all-weather lifeboat mechanic in 2016, a lifeboat training assessor in 2017 and an all-weather lifeboat navigator in 2021. He is also a crew member on the station’s B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat.

Adam was one of three crew members selected by the station to undertake a coxswains development plan and is the first to pass out. The plan started at the height of the pandemic so began with online training until being able to go afloat when the restrictions were lifted. He attended two courses at the RNLI College at Poole, all-weather lifeboat command and all-weather lifeboat handling. Adam said:

‘The training got more intense in the last four months but was invaluable in gaining confidence for being responsible for the other crew members and a £2.5 million pound lifeboat. I’ve now experienced my first time in command since passing out when I took the lifeboat out on exercise recently. The next milestone will be my first service in command.’

Speaking about Adam’s achievement, Falmouth RNLI Coxswain Jonathon Blakeston said:

‘Adam has done very well, it has taken about 18 months of hard work, devotion and commitment to achieve what he has. He is the start of the next generation of coxswains at Falmouth which is really important for the station’s future.’

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