Published: December 19, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat man retires from his role after 18 years

After 18 years involved with saving lives along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline, Gerry Prout is retiring.

Gerry was a founder member of BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) and when the RNLI returned to Burnham in 2003, he joined them as a Deputy Launch Authority.

Gerry has this week retired from his RNLI role and on his last day joined crewmembers on a training trip up the River Parrett.

Afterwards, he was presented with a solid silver model of the RNLI emblem and a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the crew.

A professional boatman for most of his life, Gerry piloted the Bridgwater Bay pilot boat for many years and is not the only member of his family involved in life-saving, as his son Nick also serves as a helmsman, and works with his father in the family boat repair business.

Burnham Lifeboat Operations Manager Ricky Holmes told "Gerry's knowledge and expertise is going to be greatly missed. However, we are not going to let him get away just yet, as I have asked him to help with the day to day running of the station. On a personal note I would like to thank him very much for all his support to me in my job - I have learnt a lot from him over the past 18 years."


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