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Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service: Kyle Ward

PUBLISHED: 14:39 07 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:39 07 November 2015

Hemsby Lifeboat Crew member: Kyle Ward.

Picture: James Bass

Hemsby Lifeboat Crew member: Kyle Ward. Picture: James Bass

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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 second coxswain Kyle Ward, 27.

Kyle moved to Hemsby five years ago from Norwich, not knowing anyone and he felt the lifeboat was a good way to get involved

in his local community whilst helping out at the same time.

Kyle has since made his way up the ladder to the role of 2nd coxswain – alongside Ashley Peddle who was profiled previously.

“I’m part of a team of two,” Kyle said. “We’re in charge of all the crew training and also making sure that any new recruits are up to crew standard.

“I love it, it’s the longest I’ve stuck at anything, which says it all.”

But it’s not only Kyle who enjoys village life; there is partner Kelly and children Ellie, 7, Gracie, 6, and Georgie, 8 months.

But he also feels this family extends to the lifeboat crew.

“Every person down at the lifeboat is very friendly; they’re like my extended family.

“They would drop anything to help a fellow crew member out, and that’s what I love the most.”

The Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service crew are all volunteers and Kyle balances his 2nd coxswain duties with building fire protection products at Tyco, where he has worked for nearly a year.

Many of the crew have one memorable shout that stands out. Remembering his, Kyle said: “I’ve been on loads of shouts, but my most memorable rescue is the first one as a helmsman, when a boat was stuck out on Horsey Mere after losing power.

“Having all that pressure on you to do well was quite exciting, but also nerve-wracking.

“It was a really windy day, and conditions weren’t great, but I managed to get to the boat and tow it back to Cess Road in Martham, so it all ended well and everyone was fine.”

He added: “The thing is, you never know when you will need a lifeboat and without the public’s donation we wouldn’t be able to keep the service going. So I’d like to thank all the public for their help and support.”

• 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

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