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Jason (right) with Tom on the lifeboat in the station, after his successful Solent assessment.

Jason (right) with Tom on the lifeboat in the station, after his successful Solent assessment.

Newly qualified helm for Cowes lifeboat

Megan Baynes

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:28

A LOUD cheer has gone up at Cowes lifeboat station after Jason Hughes was announced as the station's fifth qualified helm.
Jason became a lifeboat commander after a grueling day and night-time examination on the Solent, lasting two hours under the experienced eye of RNLI assessor Tom Pedersen.
Jason, a commercial property developer from Gurnard, has been with Cowes lifeboat for over four years. He has an RYA Yachtmaster offshore qualification, raced across oceans, and owns a 36-foot motor cruiser.
Jason said the response at the station to the news he had become a helm was met with a loud cheer and handshakes. 
"It was quite overwhelming," he said.
Station operations manager, Mark Southwell, said, "The more helms we have the more we are able to offer a 24 hour cover and still allow committed volunteers time for themselves and their families."

 


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