New Helm for Poole Lifeboat Station
On Thursday (February 14) Suzie Jupp passed out as ‘Helm’ after launching on exercise with an assessor and crew members Joe and Will. She was put through the paces, with varying scenarios, testing her skill and boat handling.
Suzie’s passion for all things lifeboat began as a child when she visited her grandparent who lived 200 yards or so from the Selsey Lifeboat Station, Suzie recalls from a young age watching the Selsey lifeboat launch and just the good vibe of being near a Lifeboat station.
Suzie moved to Poole for her career, she works at Poole Hospital as a physiotherapist. She joined the Poole lifeboat crew in 2012, looking back she wished that she had of joined earlier and would tell anyone thinking about it to just do it, join the crew.
Suzie immersed herself fully into the station life and she was an integral part of group who organised the 150th lifeboat celebration year, and has been organising the Open Days and just always offering to help and doing that little bit more.
‘I would really like to thank all of my colleagues who have helped me along the way, whether it be coming out on the boat or allowing me to go out and gain new skills and learn from the experience , I really do appreciate all their help’.
Long serving Poole Helm Jonathan Clark said;
‘Suzie has worked really hard over the years and this has paid off, passing out as Helm will benefit the station, she is a top asset on the boat and off the boat and it’s great that we now have another Helm. Well done Suzie, the work really starts now’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.