lifeboat man retires from his role after 18 years
18 years involved with saving lives along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline,
Gerry Prout is retiring.
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
has this week retired from his RNLI role and on his last day joined
crewmembers on a training trip up the River Parrett.
he was presented with a solid silver model of the RNLI emblem
and a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the crew.
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
Lifeboat Operations Manager Ricky Holmes told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"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."