St Mary’s Lifeboat Crewmember Retiring After 23 Years

joe penderOne of the islands’ longest-serving lifeboat crewmembers is stepping down after almost 23 years of service and 55 callouts.

Professional boatman Joe Pender says he’s made the decision because he is increasingly busy running pelagic trips on his boat Sapphire and because he wants to make way for new crew to come forward.

Joe’s most memorable shout was during 1993, his first year of service on board the Arun class lifeboat, RNLB Robert Edgar.

The crew went to the aid of the Bacarole, which was caught in severe weather while anchored in Porthcressa.

They managed to get the lone skipper off the vessel before it capsized and sank and the lifeboat crew were recognised for their bravery.

Coxswain Barry Bennett received a bronze medal for his part in the rescue, and the incident was reconstructed for the primetime BBC TV programme, 999.

Joe says any islanders who have the time to commit to being lifeboat crew will get valuable training and experience and he would encourage them to discuss it with the RNLI.

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