Boat Crew

The lifeboat is crewed by a team of 4 when it puts to sea.  The helmsman drives the boat and is in command of all aspects of its operation.  Behind the helmsman sits the navigator, who assists the helmsman in reaching the casualty location, and is also responsible for maintaining the often busy radio communications with the Boathouse, Coastguard teams, Helicopter, other Lifeboats, and the casualty. The remaining 2 crew assist in the rescue as directed by the Helmsman undertaking a wide range of tasks from swimming ashore to administer emergency First Aid, to anchoring the lifeboat and rigging tows to stricken vessels.

Guy Bennett
Coxswain
Tractor Driver

Landscaper
Brought up in Sidmouth, joining the crew in 2010 and have always had a passion for the sea, fishing and surfing etc… My Business as a landscaper enables me to respond when required, I recently completed a degree in Ocean Science for which I received First Class honours.
Guy Russell
Helmsman
Tractor Driver

Gardener / Owner at
www.jurassicpaddlesports.com

I have lived in Sidmouth all of my life, joining the crew in 2010 and am extremely passionate about the sea. I have worked as a Lifeguard for many years and spent the vast majority of my life surfing! I run a Business on Sidmouth Beach during the Summer, Jurassic Paddle Sports.
Simon Priestley
Helmsman

Jubilee Medal, 2012

Telecoms/I.T Project Manager

Joined Sidmouth Lifeboat in 2005.

“I moved to Sidmouth from Yorkshire in 2004. One of the objectives when I moved here was to get involved with the community. I saw an advert in the Sidmouth Herald requesting volunteers to help with manning the Lifeboat Shop and decided to pop down and see what it was all about. Having chatted to a few of the volunteers I was persuaded to train as boat crew instead!”
Ian Fletcher
Helmsman
Tractor Driver

HelmsmanInformation Assurance Manager, D&C Police.PR & Media Officer

Left the Royal Navy in April 2014 – joining Sidmouth Lifeboat in May 2014 to try and maintain my nautical skills! It’s a great organisation to work for and is really friendly and professional. If not busy with the Lifeboat, I’m busy running the 1st Sid Vale Cub pack!
Tony Martin
Trainee Helmsman/
Senior Crew

Podiatrist

Joined the Lifeboat in 2015. I live and work in the town and enjoy all activities involving the sea.
Jim Brewster
Trainee Helmsman/
Senior Crew

Lead Software Engineer

Joined Sidmouth Lifeboat in 2016. I love the sea and wanted to get more involved in the community. I windsurf as much as possible and can occasionally be seen off the seafront.

 

Martin Barnard
Trainee Helmsman/
Senior Crew
Dave Pearce
Senior Crew
Kyle Baker
Senior Crew
Graham Trude
Senior Crew
Tractor Driver
I have worked in Sidmouth as a gardener and tree surgeon for the past 10 years, and I decided to join the lifeboat service in June 2017. Sidmouth lifeboat is always looking for crew that are available to be on call during work hours, and as I am able to respond throughout the working week I felt I could offer my time. Since joining I have learnt many new skills and made some great friends. The camaraderie at the station is fantastic and I’m so glad I have joined.
Katrina McIlveen
Crew

Phil Marish
Crew
Tractor Driver

Maddie Todd
Crew
Charli Ferrand
Crew
Cameron Baker
Crew

I’ve grown up around Sidmouth and love being beside the sea! I joined the lifeboat in March 2016 as shore crew and then progressed onto boat crew. In my spare time you will find me at the sailing club on the safety boats. So far I’ve enjoyed every minute at Sidmouth lifeboat and wouldn’t change it!

Ed Birch
Trainee Crew

Joe Thompson
Trainee Crew

Toby Hoggarth
Trainee Crew

Mark Davies
Trainee Crew

Emma Douglas
Trainee Crew

Ben Lemaitre
Trainee Crew