Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service: Adam Boswell
PUBLISHED: 14:42 07 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:42 07 November 2015
As part of the Mercury campaign to help Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service raise the money it needs to keep saving lives offshore and on the Broads, we will be getting to know the crew, who are all volunteers, who keep the service running not just out on the water but behind the scenes too.
This week, we spoke to assistant engineer Adam Boswell.
Having always been interested in engineering, Adam’s position as Hemsby lifeboat gives him the opportunity to do what he really loves.
“This has always been a passion of mine,” said Adam, 19.
“I remember getting my first little car when I was 14, just to tinker around with, and that’s where it started.
“Now, since being a crew member, I’ve grown a keen interest in marine engineering too.”
Adam has been volunteering for the service for just over a year, after seeing the crew whilst growing up in Hemsby.
“I remember when I was little I used to watch the lifeboat crew do their annual lifeboat displays and I was always fascinated.
“One day I was logged on to Facebook and I came across a post about the 2014 lifeboat day. I thought to myself ‘I would really like to do this’.
“So, I emailed the coxswain, and asked to volunteer. A few hours later, I was down at the lifeboat station already learning about stuff, and being shown round the station and lifeboats.”
Now, Adam is an active crew member as well as assistant engineer.
“As all our crew, I’m ready to respond to a job day or night,” Adam said.
“I do like my sleep but when it comes to a job in the middle of the night, I happily make the sacrifice of my beauty sleep to help someone in distress.
“As assistant engineer, I am also responsible to assist our lead engineer to maintain the duty tractors, 4x4 and the boats, and rectify any issues regarding the boats, tractors and all other machinery in a timely manner, often within very tight time schedules.”
Although he may be the youngest member of the crew, Adam has seen his fair share of action.
“My most memorable job was a few months ago and it was my first call out for the sea,” he said.
“We were paged by the Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to reports of a missing man, believed to have entered the sea in the Caister area, and so Hemsby inshore lifeboat was launched in to the night.
“I was put on to the radio and had to communicate with HM Coastguard, the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and the Police Ground/Dog units which I have never actually done for real.
“It was quite challenging, but it went very well. Thankfully, the missing man was found nearby. I was proud with myself and the crew for the support.”
The skills Adam has learned being part of the lifeboat are far ranging. “They’re all transferable too,” he said.
“From rope work to OS maps, sea charts to VHF radio operations. But also basic helmsmanship such as safely coming along side a bank, turning in a confined space and boat launching.
“And it benefits my studying too, because I get hands-on experience maintaining and servicing outboard engines, maintaining the tractor to launch the boat from the beach, fixing electrical problems on the boats, and keeping maintenance logs to report defects on the equipment and machinery.
“All these skills are being delivered by such passionate and friendly people, it’s great! The crew a friendly people and are a great bunch to come to when you’re down and need a laugh, everyone is supportive of each other and when it comes to a call out we stick together like glue.
“Also, the adrenaline rush you get when the bleeper goes off, that’s a nice bonus too!”
Adam knows the crew is integral to the operation of Hemsby lifeboat but was keen to praise the public too. He said: “The members of the public are at the heart of what we do. If we did not have the generous support of the public, we wouldn’t be here now.
“The £30,000 a year it costs to keep the service running is made up entirely by donations from the public. And we give back to them by being there for them when they need help on the Broads or at sea.”
• To find out more about Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service, or to put yourself forward as a volunteer, get in contact by calling 01493 731641 or emailing contact@ hemsbyinshorerescue.org.uk