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Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service: Scott Bensly

Hemsby Lifeboat crew member.
Scott Bensly.

Picture: James Bass

Hemsby Lifeboat crew member. Scott Bensly. 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 helmsman Scott Bensly.

Gorleston-born Scott moved to Hemsby 19 years ago, at the age of 25 and hasn’t looked back, enjoying village life with wife Melinda.

It was in the village that he started his business, Scott Bensly Groundworks, six years ago.

“I love working in the outdoors and seeing the customers’ faces when I’ve completed a job for them,” Scott said, a trait which transfers to his volunteer work at Hemsby Inshore Rescue.

“I enjoy the teamwork at the lifeboat,” Scott, 44, explained.

“We all work together to achieve a goal, whether it be saving a life or completing an exercise.

“It’s very satisfying to accomplish such important work alongside such good mates.”

Scott, who has worked with the lifeboat since January 2012, remembers a call out which has stuck in his mind.

“We were tasked to a job at South Walsham one night, to find a cruiser,” he said.

“Aboard was a gentleman who had had some devastating news and his family were very concerned for his wellbeing.

“We found the cruiser and towed it back to our launch point. We got the casualty off the boat and to immediate medical assistance.

“It’s a great feeling to know that someone is safe and well, maybe down to you.”

Scott thinks that the most important thing the members of the public should recognise is the amount of time that the whole crew put into the running of the lifeboat.

“We put so many hours into training each week and because we are independent, we double that time with all the fundraising we need to do.

“We hold three raffles each Saturday night, we provide security for firework displays, hold annual lifeboat and herring days, provide safety boat services and accompany Santa on his sleigh through neighbouring villages - all for donations.

“Any donations, however small, make all the difference when it comes to saving a life.”

Scott particularly stressed the importance of keeping the lifeboat equipment up to date.

“This not only helps us to save lives, but keeps us safe as well,” he added.

“So if you have any money to spare, please donate to HIRS. Or, visit the Hemsby Lifeboat shop. There are some real bargains in there!”

• 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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