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Tom follows dad as helm of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A 26 year old electrician has just achieved his ambition to follow in his father's footsteps by becoming a volunteer helm commanding the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat.

Tom Crabbe at the helm of the Lyme Regis lifeboat.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Tom Crabbe at the helm of the Lyme Regis lifeboat.

Father of two Tom Crabbe passed the final test to become a helm during a day of theory and ninety minutes at sea under the close scrutiny of an RNLI assessor/trainer.

Tom was examined by Carl Beardmore, a coxswain with the RNLI at Falmouth.At the end of the day's events Carl said:' Tom satisfied me that he is very safe, knowledgeable and will make an excellent helm for the Lyme Regis lifeboat station.'

Tom, a crew member for six years, is now the seventh helm at Lyme Regis, one of the most important and responsible roles.

As helm he commands the lifeboat and is responsible for the welfare and safety of other crew members and the vessel itself.

Said Tom:'I am absolutely delighted to have made the grade as a helm, and proud to follow my dad.' Tom's father Rob retired from the lifeboat crew after 20 years' service and was also a helm.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said:'I congratulate Tom. His operational pass-out as a helm is testament to his dedication as one of our much-valued volunteers.'

Well done - Assessor/trainer Carl Beardmore,left, congratulates Tom Crabbe.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Well done- Assessor/trainer Carl Beardmore,left, congratulates Tom Crabbe on becoming a helm.

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