Two Generations On St Mary’s Lifeboat Shout

Joe and Clive Sibley. Photo from St Mary's RNLI Facebook page.

Joe and Clive Sibley. Photo from St Mary’s RNLI Facebook page.

A father and son were called out together on a St Mary’s Lifeboat shout at the weekend. And it’s the first time that two generations have been on a shout together since Rodney and James Terry were crew in 1991.

Clive Sibley and 20-year-old son Joe were on board the relief lifeboat Osier when it went to assist a yacht in trouble off Tresco on Friday evening.

Sarah Sibley says her husband Clive was proud to see their son in action, showing his training has paid off and that he “respects the sea.”

But Sarah admits she does get a little worried when Joe is called out. “Even though he’s a fully grown man, he’ll always be my little boy,” she says.

Joe gained his boating skills whilst crewing on the Golden Spray as a teenager and now helps Richard Drew at Bryher Boatyard during the summer break from college.

And Joe is continuing a Sibley family connection with the RNLI.

His dad has been crew since the family moved from St Martin’s in 1996 and Sarah has been in the Ladies Lifeboat Guild for the same period. She was one of the local women awarded a Silver medal for fundraising.

Last September, Joe moved away to Plymouth to study Building Surveying but he’s joined the RNLI crew in the city.

They use the Severn Class vessel and that means he’s familiar with the St Mary’s Lifeboat, which is the same type.

Joe says it was “cool” to go on a shout with his dad and it is something he wanted to do before Clive retires from the service. There could be more callouts for the pair before Joe returns to Devon to study in September.

Sarah says she’s proud that the two men in her life are both sharing this important work for the lifesaving charity.