Caine

Caine

ALB Navigator & ILB Crew

Date Joined: March 2012

Why did I join?: I had always wanted to be involved in the emergency services – The RNLI is a charity which relies on volunteers – I’m just doing my bit for the community.

Most Memorable Job: Injured Local Fisherman. The ILB was tasked to an injured fisherman, who had slipped on board and was suffering with breathing difficulties. This was my very first ILB shout as trainee crew back in 2012.

What’s it like volunteering for the RNLI?: It’s a great atmosphere to work in, the training is first class. It is like having an extended family who work fantastic as a team whether on land or at sea.

Favourite Quote: “Really…?” 

About me: I have a 4 year old son, partner and a westie. When my time isn’t taken up with work or being a family man, I’m usually found annoying the Coxswain – he likes the company… honest!

Steve

Steve

Full-Time Station Coxswain/Mechanic

Date joined: 1999

Why did I join: Steve says that he “wanted to do something for the community”

Most memorable job: Steve says that “every job is memorable in some way” 

What’s it like being involved in Hastings Lifeboat and the RNLI: “Its one nice big family and very enjoyable”

Interests: Fishing, Relaxing and going on holiday

Favourite quote: “To eternity and beyond” It’s a Bugs Life

Describe yourself/your life: Steve just says he’s “one of a kind”

Sloane

Sloane

Critical Care Paramedic & Part Time HEMS crew

Date joined: 1995

Why did you join: Sloane says “I watched the Lifeboat launch many times when I was younger and have always admired the crews. I’ve always had an interest in the sea so when I became a beach lifeguard I wondered if any of my new found skills would help on the Lifeboat so I asked to join. I didn’t think they would let a girlie join but the rest is history”.

Most memorable job: Vellum Service in 2006 ” Our Senior Helmsman Simon was accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for saving a swimmer from the sea. The D class lifeboat was operating in the surf at the limit of its capability in heavy 3m-high seas, it was a tough job!”

What’s it like volunteering for the RNLI?: Sloane says that “I am very proud to be a volunteer for the RNLI and to be able to do something to help others. The training is second to none, the teamwork at the station is fantastic and I have made so many new friends over the years”

Interests: Snowboarding, Walking the dog, Running, Cycling and socialising with my friends (particularly if its in a local watering hole, lol)

Describe yourself/your life: Sloane says ” I am always on the go and can never keep still. I love my life, am slightly mad and love to laugh – snowboarder extraordinaire, love tattoos, fond of wine and have a mad cocker spaniel called Dizzy”

Favourite quote: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain

Louise

Louise

ALB Navigator & ILB Crew

Date Joined: March 2002
Occupation: A&E Doctor

Why she joined: Louise loved the lifeboat as a kid and when she moved back to Hastings she “just wanted to join in”

Most memorable job: Pulling a psychiatric patient out of the water

What’s it like volunteering for Hastings Lifeboat and the RNLI?: Louise says “It’s awesome. It was like getting a brand new ready-made family of folk who are willing to look out for you on and off the boats”

Interests: Boats and music

Favourite quote: “got any ID?” (From her most memorable job)

How would you describe yourself/your life?: “I am short. I grew up in Hastings and hated it. I then went away to Uni and realised the only thing I wanted in life was to go back to Hastings because it’s so awesome. My life is a bit like Marmite, I both Love and Hate most of it all at the same time as I am a person of silly extremes! Currently in my life: my fish fingers may be burning…!”

Glenn

Glenn

ILB Helm, ALB Crew, Launch & Recovery Driver

Date joined: 1991

Why you joined: Glenn says “my Great Grandad was involved with the Hastings Lifeboat in the 1930’s and 1940’s and I wanted to carry on the family involvement with the RNLI.

Most Memorable job: “We were launched to an upturned catamaran 1/2 a mile south of Warrior Square, St Leonards. During the rescue which was in difficult conditions the port bow of the ILB burst. Thankfully I wasn’t Helm that day”

What’s it like being involved with Hastings Lifeboat? Glenn says that it’s “really good to work with such a wide variety of people”

Interests: F1 (Glenn says he is the “world’s biggest F1 fan and if anyone from Williams is reading this I would like a day with the team?”

Favourite Quote: “Drive it like you stole it”

Describe yourself/ your life?: Glenn is extremely dedicated to the RNLI and says ” I love being involved with Hastings Lifeboats and the RNLI and I am always willing to help anyone in trouble. I am also related to Gareth Barry (Manchester City Football Club)….it’s a shame I support Manchester United”.

Mark

Mark

Dep 2nd Coxswain, Navigator

Date joined: 2006

Why you joined: Mark said that he “knew some of the crew already and had been interested for a few years. I was with one of the crew one day when his pager went off and ended up at the station whilst he went to sea. I put my name down for Shore crew, I never thought I would be part of the sea going crew”

Most memorable job: “My first one!” Mark says that after he got signed on he missed several jobs but finally got his first ILB job on Old Town Pram Race night. “It was for a person trapped on the cliff”

What’s it like being involved with the RNLI/Hastings Lifeboat? Mark says” It’s a really great team to be a part of and I’m proud to be a part of the Institution”.

Interests: Spurs (someone’s got to), Family, Music (especially guitars and preferably loud) and geeky technology stuff.

Describe yourself/your life? “Hectic family life with two young daughters, chicken keeper and wannabe vegetable gardener and a very bad guitarist”

Chris

Chris

ALB Crew

Date Joined: 1994

Why you joined?: I really enjoy being close to or on the sea as I love anything to do with boats and I was a Fisherman for 10 years. I live close to the station so I wanted to do my bit

Most memorable job: I have many memorable ones but the one that sticks in my mind is a job where we launched to an EPIRB activation at night in a Force 10 Gale. We were many miles off with almost zero visibility when it was confirmed that the activation was accidental.

What’s it like being involved with the RNLI/Hastings Lifeboat?: Chris says “it’s great, I really enjoy it”

Interests: Going to the gym, computers and travelling

Favourite quote: ‘Get busy living or get busy dying’

Describe yourself/your life briefly?: Organised chaos but it’s fun! I have a great family and great daughters….no complaints!

Clive

Clive

Tractor Driver, Launch Crew/Lifeboat Press Officer

Date joined: …..

Why you joined: Clive says that his “dad worked with boats all his life and boats were in the family. As a child my family used to take me to watch the slipway lifeboat on the pier at Southend, I always thought it was exciting….I still do!”

Most memorable job: Clive says that his most memorable job was with Dave Morley (Ex Head Launcher and sadly no longer with us) in the tractor at low water. “The then Head Launcher at the time Tush Hamilton described it as some of the roughest seas he had ever seen off the Stade. The boat launched into the weather and we headed for shore double quick”.

What’s it like being involved with the RNLI/Hastings Lifeboat? “Fantastic” says Clive because “it’s given me the opportunity to meet John Scollay” (That’s our Head Launcher)

Interests: Open Water Diving (passed my Advanced this year), a bit of gardening, bit of cycling, bit of posing in my mid-life crisis car, playing the Ukulele and winding up John Scollay

Favourite Quote: “Right that’s the boat gone….let’s get out of here!” Dave Morley

Describe yourself/your life briefly?: Happy a) because I have a mid-life crisis car and b) because I met John Scollay

Tim

Tim

Assistant ALB Mechanic & ILB Crew

Date joined: 2005

Why you joined: Tim says that he wanted “to give something back to the local community”

Most memorable job: Tim says the one that sticks in his mind was when he was First Aider on board the ALB and it was called to a medical evacuation on a 90,000 tonne Oil Tanker. An injured crew member needed to be taken ashore to hospital and Tim had to scale a rather long rope ladder up the side of the tanker.

What’s it like being involved in the RNLI/ Hastings Lifeboat? Tim says “the RNLI is in integral part of the local community. There is a genuine feeling of being part of a team and valued as a crew member”

Interests: Weight training and motorcycles.

Colin

Colin

Shore Crew

Date Joined: 2008

Why he joined: Colin says he “wanted to give something back to the community”

Most memorable job: Hastings Pier fire

Interests: “Lifeboats, Photography, Lifeboats, Entertaining his kids and Lifeboats”
Favourite quote: “we’re in the stickiest situation since sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bin” Edmund Blackadder

How would you describe yourself/your life?: Colin says he “was brought up in Malawi and Rhodesia; did my time in the last days of the British South Africa Police, including horse-mounted escorts to Prince Charles and lesser mortals, then 9 months on a border station. Now work on websites that deliver staff recognition. Spent far too long living in London before realising that Hastings was the place to be. Been here 11 years now and still loving it. Have enough kids to make up half a football team, and a wife of 25+ years and many talents – cooking, singing, beading, lacemaking and much more – you name it, she can do it… and easily trumps my skills of web development, photography, (some singing) and, of course, lifeboating. Joining the crew in 2008 was the best thing I’ve ever done (outside of marrying the multi-talented wife and having the half-footie team) and I wish I’d done it a lot sooner”

John

John

Head Launcher & Tractor Driver

Date joined: …..

Why you joined: Clive says that his “dad worked with boats all his life and boats were in the family. As a child my family used to take me to watch the slipway lifeboat on the pier at Southend, I always thought it was exciting….I still do!”

Most memorable job: Clive says that his most memorable job was with Dave Morley (Ex Head Launcher and sadly no longer with us) in the tractor at low water. “The then Head Launcher at the time Tush Hamilton described it as some of the roughest seas he had ever seen off the Stade. The boat launched into the weather and we headed for shore double quick”.

What’s it like being involved with the RNLI/Hastings Lifeboat? “Fantastic” says Clive because “it’s given me the opportunity to meet John Scollay” (That’s our Head Launcher)

Interests: Open Water Diving (passed my Advanced this year), a bit of gardening, bit of cycling, bit of posing in my mid-life crisis car, playing the Ukulele and winding up John Scollay

Favourite Quote: “Right that’s the boat gone….let’s get out of here!” Dave Morley

Describe yourself/your life briefly?: Happy a) because I have a mid-life crisis car and b) because I met John Scollay

Alan (everyone calls me Al)

Alan (everyone calls me Al)

Trainee ILB crew and ALB crew

Date joined: ….

Why you joined: “After spending 30mins in the survivor cabin with Tewks on an open day I realised the only way to escape was to join, but it had always been something that interested me”.

Most memorable job: “My first job will always be my most memorable, although having bounced and thumped our way to Bexhill for a false alarm on the ILB, I will always remember that feeling of excitement and apprehension”.

What’s it like being involved with the RNLI/Hastings lifeboat?: It’s like having a second dysfunctional family, I feel so lucky to be involved with such a great organisation and with the best people you could wish to meet and call friends”.

Interests: “I love most sorts of music and can be found listening to anything from 40s jazz to modern hip hop. I am also trying to follow in Mikes footsteps by furthering my knowledge of beer and ale (although I have lots of catching up to do). I also love anything with an engine, whether it has wheels, wings or a hull”.

Favourite quote: If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, then you have clearly missed something – nearly Rudyard Kipling but far more accurate.

Describe yourself/your life briefly: “father, brother, son – dry sense of humour and values sarcasm as one of the highest forms of wit”.

Mick

Mick

Trainee ILB crew and ALB crew

Date Joined: ….
Occupation: Mature Student Bum / Semi retired

Why you joined “Always been a beach and sea lover and RNLI fan. Moved to the Old Town in 2012 and just happened to go for a look at the open day. A quick chat with Coxswain Steve and I went to watch a launch exercise a couple of weeks later …. The rest, they say, is RNLI ‘history’

Most memorable job: “Taking a family of four off the beach at Ecclesbourne Glen after they got trapped by the tide and had no mobile signal. Two young girls on the cliff above spotted they were in trouble and had the maturity and presence of mind to call 999. The two boys had the adventure of a lifetime in the ILB but Mum and Dad were mortified they had go into such a pickle. Just happy all were OK and a reminder to always check the tide times and have a contingency plan. 

What’s it like being involved with the RNLI/Hastings lifeboat? My crew mate Alan said “It’s like having a second dysfunctional family” and that’s a great summary. I’ve met and got to know some fantastic people over the past few years and I’m incredibly proud to have been accepted by them and be part of it. My partner has even got involved and is now a trainee launcher! 

Interests: ” I love this town. Always something interesting, exciting, stupid, unusual going on …. I love how if you want to dress like a pirate 365 days a year or ride a penny farthing along the seafront in a top-hat, no-one bats an eyelid. That is what Hastings is about …. I love music – From Thrash / Nu Metal to Pavarotti and everything in between … Camping / the great outdoors. My full time degree course, cycling, DIY, travel, beer and rugby , food (everything except gourds and avocado’s ) .” 
Favourite quote: They’d never publish it here, but it’s something the late great Rik Mayall once said in ‘Anglo Saxon vernacular’ 

Describe yourself/your life briefly: See above …. Plus my wonderful girl Viki, my four grown up sons, her amazing little lad ‘Cheggers’ and my own dysfunctional blood family. Always a South London boy at heart, but truly adopted by ‘astings now …. Bring on the Shannon!

Viki

Viki

Launch Crew

Date Joined: ….

Why you joined “I’ve lived in Hastings since I was 7 years old, spent most of my childhood on a boat with my Dad fishing for leisure and competitively. Luckily in that time we never needed the RNLI, but there were a few occasions the weather turned quite quickly when we were out at sea, and the RNLI would’ve been invaluable should we have needed them”. For that reason alone, I feel it is my duty to help others that may get into trouble. The sea is amazing, but without respect it can be a very dangerous place to be. 

What’s it like being involved with the RNLI/Hastings lifeboat? 
I feel like I’ve fitted right in! Having been around fishermen most of my life and my partner being one of the boat crew I have felt nothing but welcome. There is a lot of banter, but when times get serious everyone steps up to the mark and does their job in a selfless and professional manner. Everyone is supportive and I have made a whole new group of friends since joining.

Interests: ” I’m an outdoors kind of girl, I love camping, obstacle course racing and generally keeping fit. I enjoy travel and take part in fundraising activities for the RNLI such as running the Hastings Half Marathon and baking cakes for the coffee mornings and cake sales (apparently, my last lemon drizzle cake caused a bit of a scrabble!) A bit of a rock chick (massive Guns n Roses fan). Spending time with my family, son partner, parents and ‘in laws’

Favourite quote: “Never ruin and apology with an excuse” (Benjamin Franklin)

Describe yourself/your life briefly: A dress loving tomboy. Parent to a 4 year old and partner to Mick (Boat Crew). Ever the optimist. As Mick would describe me…. Like a mature cheddar, ‘strong and punchy’

Phil

Phil

ILB Helm, ALB Mechanic, Training Coxswain

Date joined: …..

Why you joined: grew up in Kent and have been a keen sailor since I was 5 years old, but lived in a town without a Life Boat Station.
When I moved to Hastings for work opportunities my first thought was to visit the lifeboat station and enquire about joining. 
I have not looked back since.

Most memorable job: where do I start, there has been many.
Amusingly my first inshore job as crew we had been tasked to bring back a Swan Pedalo which had escaped from the near by boating pond and was drifting near Hastings pier. That’s what I love about the RNLI always except the unexpected. 

Most nerve racking job was one stormy evening on the all weather lifeboat when Steve the coxswain ask me for the first time to transfer over to a casualty yacht where the crew had succumbed to sea sickness and were unable to reach Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne. Once I was aboard I had the responsibility of setting up the lines so that the ALB could safely tow us back to Eastbourne. Plus making sure the crew could rest for the rest of the trip. I think this is the most nervous moment because it was the first time I was on my own away from the the safety net of the rest of my crew mate. But thanks to the great training/support we are given. Made the task in hand easier for sure. 

Interests: Sailing, tried kite surfing and failed! Eating out and socialising. Movies and music. I’m also trying to learning Barista skills as I’m a bit of a coffee lover. I look forward carnival week each year and especially the pram race as it’s a great atmosphere as we enter a station pram every year. Favourite drink has to be JD and coke. 

Favourite quote: Someday everything will make perfect sense.
So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.

Billy

Billy

ALB Emergency Mechanic & ILB Helm

Date joined: 2005

Why did you join: I have always had a love of the sea and boats so to be able to do something that is so worthwhile in the community combining it with something that I love seemed a brilliant opportunity!

Most memorable job: Hastings Pier Fire
Having grown up with the pier as such a big part of my life it was extremely upsetting to see it burn. Unfortunately this was one of those jobs that didn’t have a good outcome.

What’s it like volunteering for the RNLI?: It is great to be part of such a fantastic crew who are fully supportive of one another.
The training is amazing and I have had experiences that I will look back on for a long time.

Describe yourself/your life: I am always busy and always on the go and running the bike shop with my father makes sure of that! It’s great running a business where I get to spend time with family, and bikes are our passion so it’s great to combine the two.
In any spare time I do get I am building my parents a house (with help!). I am married to Tracy and have 2 children, they also keep me on my toes! Max wants to be a lifeboat man like daddy when he grows up!!