Launch & Recovery
Arctic 24 Lifeboat
Launch Vehicle
Join the Crew
Operating Area


Shore Crew

Boat Crew Shore Crew Tractor Drivers

Not all volunteers crew the lifeboat. All lifeboat stations have voluntary shore helpers who help run the lifeboat station and assist with the launch and recovery of the lifeboat. Tasks during a callout include traffic management, clearing the launch site of beach users, refueling, washing down, keeping a radio log and assisting with turning the boat on the turntable. Some shore crew also undertake important roles which keep the boat ready for sea.  Examples include equipment purchasing, maintenance scheduling, and Deputy Launch Authorities (DLAs) who are the first point of contact for the Coastguard on a shout and, together with the Helm and Tractor Driver, authorise the launch of the lifeboat. 


  "Little" Al Phillips

Senior DLA

(Hydro-carbon logistics engineer)

  Andy Downham

Operations Manager
Launch Authority

(Funeral Director)


Andy was a crewman from 2003 - 2010. As well as his operational roles, Andy has been co-opted onto the Board of Trustees. Andy is also Sidmouth's local Funeral Director
  Andy Carmichael


Mark Waring

(retired engineer)

I retired from running The Marmite factory in 2008 and moved to Sidmouth in 2009 when I joined as Shore Crew (too old to go on the boat). I like to fix things so spend time fixing all the things others break, there is always plenty to do at the lifeboat station.

Shore Crew

  John Tullett




John Moore