Thursday, 23 October 2008


Regular reader Joan asked the question:

Hi John
2 questions, Is there a loo on the ALB?, and because you have advanced first aid skills, do they call on you at school to deal with incidents?
all the best to you and all the crew

The answer, on our class of lifeboat is that there are no 'Heads'. We operate a 'Bucket 'n' chuck it' system, which, most of the time works perfectly well. Of course, in very rough conditions or where we have been out for a very long time it can become a pretty unpleasant and messy business. Hand washing facilities are also somewhat lacking!

On larger ALBs (Severn, Tamar and Trent) there is a dedicated Heads and crews are treated to a far higher level of pampering and comfort. Perhaps our slogan should be, 'Real Lifeboatmen do it in a bucket on a Mersey'?!

Joan, thanks for the question...I'll come back to the second one later.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but is that young lady in the picture there getting a bit over familiar with the gentleman?


lifeboatjohn said...

Umm, the thought had crossed my mind!

Unknown said...

So Richard also asked how hard it is to get out of bed in the early hours of a dark and cold winter's night. Not surprisingly it is a bit of a shock.

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