Appledore RNLI congratulates new Helm Del Elesmore

Del Elesmore - Appledore RNLI's newly passed out Helm

Del Elesmore - Appledore RNLI's newly passed out Helm - Credit: RNLI/Niki Tait

Appledore RNLI is celebrating this month after one of its hardworking volunteer lifesavers passed out as a new Helm.

The Helm is a senior member of the volunteer RNLI team who is in charge of the inshore lifeboat when launching, at sea and when the boat is being recovered and made ready for the next rescue.  

The Helm is responsible for the safety of all on board, both crew and casualties, and for everything that happens whilst afloat during a rescue or an exercise including and executing safe and effective rescue operations.

Years of dedication, hard work and training are required for someone to become a Helm. Martin Cox, Coxswain of Appledore RNLI says: “Massive congratulations go to Del Elesmore who has been passed out as a new Helm for Appledore RNLI’s Atlantic 85 this week.

“We congratulate Del on being passed out as a Helm. He has worked extremely hard for this and thoroughly deserves it. We also thank all the crew and the other Helms at Appledore Lifeboat Station who have helped Del to become our newest Helm.”


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As a kayaker and surfer for many years, Del joined Appledore RNLI ten years ago as he wanted to put something back into helping with safety of people on the water.

He has always been a dedicated crew member on both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats, as well as holding the role of Appledore RNLI Sea Safety Officer.

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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, in a normal year, 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.

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