Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Knocking out

Mathew here is one of our most enthusiastic crewmembers. Not surprising really, his elder brother is on the crew, his father is the Coxswain as was his Grandfather before him. Imagine then Mathew's disappointment when he discovered that he would be unable to go to sea on the boat due to having an amount of colour blindness. Gutted. However, Mathew is not one to give up on anything. He joined the crew as winchman, learnt the ropes and then proceeded to pester the RNLI until they allowed him to go to sea. Apparently, according to Mathew, he discovered/invented a new type of colour blindness test which he could pass and persuaded HQ to accept this. In reality I think he just bored them into submission............when Mathew gets it into his mind to do something there is no stopping him!

The pictures here shows him back in his old role as slipway crew about to knock out the pin to send the lifeboat down the slipway and then having just done so in the next one.

I want to be your sledgehammer
Why don't you call my name?
You'd better call the sledgehammer
Put your mind at rest
I'm going to be the sledgehammer
This can be my testimony
I'm your sledgehammer
Let there be no doubt about it
Sledge, sledge, sledgehammer

(Peter Gabriel)


mk said...

Where can I get some of those yellow rubber boots? Are those "wellies"?
Gotta have those boots.

lifeboatjohn said...

Quite right mk, Wellies AKA Yeller wellies further more known as gum boots! Waterproof, Acid proof, oil proof and steel toe caps........the Navy Seal of waterproof footwear.

Swop you some for your Carbon lendals?!

Take care